SylviaTaylor AshokBhargava CandiceJames & HelgaParekh with RhiannonMarshall at GardenPlotReadingSeries on July 27

We are set to have a great afternoon listening to creative nonfiction from Author Sylvia Taylor and some spirit-infused poems from Poet Ashok Bhargava. While Poet/Painter/Singer Candice James may sing a few of her songs, it is hard to predict if Poet/Artist/Performer Helga Parekh will read her poems or if she would present a performance piece, either way, we are in good hands with Poet Rhiannon Marshall as our Host for the afternoon, 2-4 PM. More about the event is at this link:
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Sylvia Taylor, Author

Sylvia is an award-winning writer, editor, educator, and communications specialist in Metro Vancouver. She is the author of The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast (Heritage House 2012) and Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast to be launched in May 2017. Her prose and poetry have appeared in anthologies and magazines in Canada and the US, and her work was shortlisted for the CBC National Literary Awards. With over 400 articles in print, she has edit-coached more than a 100 book manuscripts. A past director of the Federation of BC Writers for 13 years, Sylvia now serves as a director for the Arts Council of Surrey and Board Advisor for the Royal City Literary Arts Society and ArtsCan. She consults with authors and entrepreneurs, teaches writing & publishing-related skills, and is a conference presenter and contest adjudicator (including for the BC Book Prizes for non-fiction in 2014).
sylviataylor.ca
words@sylviataylor.ca

Ashok Bhargava, Poet

Ashok Bhargava has published five books of poetry and he is a contributing writer to numerous anthologies worldwide including Inner Child Publishing U.S.A. and BC weekly newspaper The Link. Ashok is an Axlepin Poet Laureate and has won many awards including Poet Ambassador, Writers Beyond Borders, Kalidasa International and World Poetry Lifetime Achievement. Ashok has facilitated events at Richmond City Hall, Minuro Centre, UNESCO poetry at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre since 2002. For community & literary activities he has received the UBC Humanitarian Award, Dr. Ambedkar Social Justice Award, Pandora Good Citizen Award and Tapsilog Leadership Award. He finds living between cultures and languages very intriguing and stimulating. He is founder of Writers International Network Canada Society. Its main objective is to discover, nourish, recognize and celebrate writers, poets and artists and to assist them to network with the community at large. He can be reached by email at:
bhargava2000@yahoo.com

Candice James, Artist/Performer

Candice James served 2 three-year terms as Poet Laureate of New Westminster, and she was appointed Poet Laureate Emerita in 2016. She is author of 14 books of poetry, a visual artist, musician, singer/songwriter, and a workshop facilitator. Awards include: Bernie Legge Artist/Cultural Award; and Pandora’s Collective Citizenship Award.
candicejames.com
candicejames@outlook.com

Helga Parekh, Poet/Performer

Helga Parekh is a writer, artist, sculptor, potter, and a performer. She published a self-made chapbook of her poem ‘Learning from the Timeless Beauty Of a Tulip‘ in 2016. She won first prize from the Arts Council of Surrey for Christmas Card Verse competition in 2018. Her poetry has appeared in various publications including Saving Seeds (New West Writers, 2014), and her poems were the finalists in the Burnaby Writers Society annual writing contest in 2012. She has illustrated a children’s book ‘Ramya’s Stars‘ by Mala Ashok. It was published by Pratham Books, a not-for-profit organization in India, in multiple Indian languages to promote reading among children. It is available in Hindi and English at the Surrey Libraries. In 2017, Helga completed the Southbank Writer’s Course at the SFU Surrey. She was a member of New West Writers, a member and sometimes facilitator of Renaissance Book Writers, and she was the Group Facilitator of Surrey Muse Writers. Helga is a supporting member of Surrey Muse since 2012. At present she enjoys working with clay, and is continuing to write another children’s story.
helgaparekh@yahoo.com

Rhiannon Marshall, Host

Rhiannon Marshall is a poet and a fourth year student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) where she is achieving her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Counselling. Her poems have been published in many of Cedar Bark Poets’ Zine magazines, and she has co-hosted many of their monthly readings. Rhiannon has also co-chaired an author Q&A event at Kwantlen University. At this time, other than her poetry collection, she is working on a children’s book titled ‘Why Do You Walk Like That?’
missrhia123@gmail.com

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We gratefully acknowledge
that we meet on the traditional territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem
Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations.

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Garden Plot Reading Series : July 27

‘The Cove’ by Candice James, New Westminster’s Poet Laureate Emerita.
Poster designed by Surrey Muse art director Mariam Zohra

You are invited to the second event of Garden Plot Reading Series on Saturday, July 27th with Author Sylvia Taylor, Poet Ashok Bhargava, Artist/Performer Candice James and Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh. Our Host Rhiannon Marshall is an emerging poet who also co-organized Cedar Bark Poets. We are set to have another great Summer afternoon, thanks to the people who came out in June to make it a warm, inspiring and engaging event.

Author Sylvia Taylor
Poet Ashok Bhargava
Performer Candice James
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh
Host Rhiannon Marshall

Saturday, July 27, 2019
2 – 4 PM
Plot Sharing Garden
71st Avenue and 137A Street, North Surrey
Located behind the Newton Arena and bus exchange.

Before & After the Readings
Make free public art buttons with Friends of the Grove

This interdisciplinary reading series offers featured presenters, time for participants to ask questions and exchange views, an open mic, refreshments, and, the opportunity to be in a tent pitched in the green surroundings of a garden and medicine wheel. Next event on Saturday, August 24.

Events are free, donations are welcome.

Sister organizations: Cedar Bark Poets, Friends of the Grove, Friends of the Plot, Surrey Artists Co-Op and Surrey Muse.

Garden Plot Reading Series
is a collaboration between
Plot Sharing Garden
and
Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL).

We are happy to have received
a grant from Vancouver Foundation (VF)in Neighbourhood Small Grants program
via Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Hub Society.

Now, seeking private donations.
To donate and for more information, send us a message:
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)
is a project of
Surrey Muse Arts Society

We gratefully acknowledge
that we meet on the traditional territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem
Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations.

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Garden Plot Reading Series – Program

Program : June-August, 2019
June 29, July 27, August 24

June 29
Author Veeno Dewan
Poet Lozan Yamolky
Performer/Rune Master Richard E. Hanson
Open Mic Opener Malcolm Van Delst
Host Teresa Klein

July 27
Author Sylvia Taylor
Poet Ashok Bhargava
Performer Candice James
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh
Host Rhiannon Marshall

August 24
Author Wanda J. Kehewin
Poet Kyle McKillop
Performer Enrico Renz
Open Mic Opener Katheren Szabo
Host Fauzia Rafique

More information
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Location : Plot Sharing Garden, Newton
71st Avenue and 137A Street

Garden Plot Reading Series
is a collaboration between
Plot Sharing Garden and
Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)

We are happy to have received
a grant from Vancouver Foundation (VF)in Neighbourhood Small Grants program
via Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Hub Society.

Now seeking donations
To donate and for more information, send us a message:
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)
is a project of
Surrey Muse Arts Society

We gratefully acknowledge
that we meet on the traditional territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem
Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations.

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Word Arts LIVE! – the Inaugural Session Concludes

The first session of Word Arts LIVE! has ended June 2017 with it’s fifth meeting. It was an inspiring set of readings, presentations and discussions that allowed the local community to come together and grow as it welcomed some of its authors, poets, actors, artists and musicians.

The series is expected to resume later this year. Follow this blog for updates.

More information about Word Arts LIVE! is on this page:
surreymuseatlarge.wordpress.com/word-arts-live-series

Thanks to our Featured Authors

Sylvia Taylor: February 26. Nasreen Pejvack: March 26. Liam Paul Wallinger: April 30. Teresa Klein: May 28. Deborah Stacey: June 25.

Thanks to our Featured Poets

Wanda John-Kehewin: February 26. Edward Blodgett: March 26. Lozan Yamolky: April 30. Manolis: May 28. Heidi Greco: June 25.

Thanks to our Featured Performers

Kat wahama: February 26. Fauzia Rafique: March 26. Heidi CcCurdy: April 30. Yvette-Dudley Neuman: May 28. Celeste Snowber: June 25.

Thanks to our Open Mic Openers

Poet Art Pouchet: February 26. Poet Sana Janjua: March 26. Performer Helga Parekh: April 30. Author Paul Stacey: May 28. Playwrights/Directors/Actors Celina Strachan & Shonna Morgan: June 25.

And of course, thanks to our Host of all the five events

Virginia Gillespie

Virginia says:

‘I’m very pleased to have completed phase one of Word Arts LIVE! – a collaboration with Surrey Muse At Large. Thank you to Surrey Cultural Grants for support. Held in the Media Room at Camp Alexandra in Crescent Beach. We hosted five monthly reading events from February through June 2017. A group of loyal fans developed starting with 12 and ending with 30 + who enjoyed the diversity and range of the very talented presenters. Authors, poets, performers. In the final session we expanded to a play reading excerpt, and an artist showing deconstructed books. The potential is endless.’

The venue was great.

Appreciation to the staff and volunteers at
Alexandra Neighbourhood House.

And many thanks to Steve Chitty for his ongoing support to this project.

Word Arts LIVE! is the result of a collaboration between Virginia Gillespie (Artistic Director, VG PlayRoom) and Fauzia Rafique (Coordinator, Surrey Muse) for Surrey Muse At Large (smal).

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SylviaTaylor-WandaJohnKehewin-KatWahamaa-ArtPouchet with Virginia Gillespie at ‘Word Arts LIVE!’ on 26 Feb 2017

At the Word Arts LIVE! event this Sunday, we will have the opportunity with Host Virginia Gillespie to enjoy the work of our features Author Sylvia Taylor, Poet Wanda John-Kehewin, Performer Kat Wahamaa and Poet Art Pouchet, and after, we’ll have the pleasure of having some (surprise) readings and presentations at the Open Mic.

Sylvia Taylor
smal-sylvia-taylor Sylvia is an award-winning writer, editor, educator, and communications specialist in Metro Vancouver. She is the author of The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast (Heritage House 2012) and Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast to be launched in May 2017. Her prose and poetry have appeared in anthologies and magazines in Canada and the US, and her work was shortlisted for the CBC National Literary Awards. With over 400 articles in print, she has edit-coached more than a 100 book manuscripts. A past director of the Federation of BC Writers for 13 years, Sylvia now serves as a director for the Arts Council of Surrey and Board Advisor for the Royal City Literary Arts Society and ArtsCan. She consults with authors and entrepreneurs, teaches writing & publishing-related skills, and is a conference presenter and contest adjudicator (including for the BC Book Prizes for non-fiction in 2014).
sylviataylor.ca
words@sylviataylor.ca

Wanda John-Kehewin
smal-wandajohnkehewin Wanda is a Surrey based poet and fiction writer. The first collection of her poetry In The Dog House was published by Talonbooks in 2013. She is now working on a book of poetry and short stories for 2018. Wanda has been published in Quills Poetry, Salish Seas, UBC’s Aboriginal Anthology and SFU’s Emerge anthology. She has shared her writing at Co-op Radio and numerous literary events throughout the lower mainland including for The Writer’s Union of Canada and Surrey Muse. Wanda has studied Criminology, Sociology, Aboriginal studies and creative writing with Simon Fraser University’s The Writers Studio (TWS) writing program. Wanda uses writing as a therapeutic medium to understand and respond to the near decimation of First Nations culture, language and tradition. She now attends UBC part time taking Creative Writing courses.
talonbooks.com/authors/wanda-john-kehewin
sweetgrasswriter@gmail.com

Kat Wahamaa
smal-kat-wahamaa-tim-fitzgerald-photo-2 Kat is an award-winning songwriter and performing artist who has toured in Canada, Japan, US and the UK. She has released six CDs; her community engaged work has produced many arts and social action projects such as Youth Unmasked (2010), Peace by Piece – The Musical (2012), exhibitions by Women of the Warm Zone (2011 and 2012), and the cross-cultural Different Drum (2010). Kat has received various awards including the 2016 Mission Muse Award in Music (with partner Tony Rees). She is co-Artistic Director of Railtown Cultural Eclective, and a board member for Mission Folk Music Festival Society and ACES: Actively Creating an Exceptional Society. Kat co-facilitates the annual Rivers of Peace Eco Arts Festival, now in its 5th year, and she is pursuing a Masters of Education – Art for Social Change at SFU while doing a four year Artist in Residency (2014-2018) program for the City of Maple Ridge.
katandtony.ca
kat@shinyb.ca

Art Pouchet
smal-artpouchet Art is a poet who came to poetry in 2008, and has since been exploring ‘themes of dark and light and how emotions struggle in a dichotomy of known and unknown conditions’. After 65 years of being identified with his external accomplishments such as ‘a psychologist, religion-ist, familyman-ist, business person-ist, musician-ist, counselor and therapist’, now he recognizes himself for what he truly is, ‘a dreamer, a poet, a wordsmith and a person lost in the soundwaves of an imagination bigger than his own’. Art has presented his work at the BC Authors Association Open Mic event in Vancouver, and he is being ‘happily mentored’ in his poetry adventure by Candice James, two term Poet Laureate of New Westminster BC. Art will be sharing selections from his potentially published work entitled, Chaos and Enlightenment.
apouchet@hotmail.com

Virginia Gillespie

sm-virginia-gilespie Virginia is a writer, arts advocate and the Artistic Director of VG PlayRoom, a multi-disciplinary arts incubator with a Word Studio to develop projects and events in the Verbal Arts. She is a co-founder, co-organizer and the host of Word Arts LIVE! series.
vgplayroom.com

Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday February 26, 2017

4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Av, Surrey BC

Fauzia Rafique surrey.muse@gmail.com
Virginia Gillespie vgplayroom@gmail.com

surreymuseatlarge.wordpress.com/word-arts-live-series
surreymuse.wordpress.com

Series co-organized by Fauzia Rafique

Word-Arts LIVE! is a collaboration between Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) and VG PlayRoom. We are grateful to the City of Surrey for the 2017 Cultural Project Grant for Word-Arts events, forums and training. Alexandra Neighbourhood House is home base and a strong supporter.
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Initiating Word Arts LIVE! Series Sunday Feb 26 in South Surrey

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Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday February 26, 2017

Inaugural Series
5 final Sundays February – June

Author Sylvia Taylor
Poet Wanda John-Kehewin
Performer Kat Wahamaa
Open Mic Opener Art Pouchet
Host Virginia Gillespie

4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Av, Surrey BC

Fauzia Rafique surrey.muse@gmail.com
Virginia Gillespie vgplayroom@gmail.com

surreymuseatlarge.wordpress.com/word-arts-live-series

Word-Arts LIVE! is a collaboration between Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) and VG PlayRoom. We are grateful to the City of Surrey for the 2017 Cultural Project Grant for Word-Arts events, forums and training. Alexandra Neighbourhood House is home base and a strong supporter.
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Word Arts LIVE! – Inaugural Session: Feb to June 2017

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Word Arts LIVE Series
Inaugural Session Program February-June 2017
4-6 pm, Media Room
Alexandra Neighborhood House

Series hosted by Virginia Gillespie

February 26
Author Sylvia Taylor
Poet Wanda John-Kehewin
Performer Kat Wahamaa
Open Mic Opener Art Pouchet

March 26
Author Nasreen Pejvack
Poet Edward Blodgett
Performer Fauzia Rafique
Open Mic Opener Sana Janjua

April 30
Author Liam Paul Wallinger
Poet Lozan Yamolky
Performer Heidi McCurdy
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh

May 28
Author Teresa Klein
Poet Manolis
Performer Yvette Dudley-Neuman
Open Mic Opener Paul Stacey

June 25
Author Deborah Stacey
Poet Heidi Greco
Performer Celeste Snowber
Open Mic Opener Celina Strachan & Shonna Morgan

Artwork by Elizabeth Carefoot

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For more information and to participate, contact
Virginia Gillespie
vgplayroom@gmail.com
Fauzia Rafique
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Word Arts LIVE Series is a collaboration
between VG PlayRoom and Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL).

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