WandaJohnKehewin KyleMcKillop EnricoRenz & Katheren Szabo with FauziaRafique at GardenPlotReadingSeries on August 24

This is the last event of this season for Garden Plot Reading Series, and we are ending it with a beautiful bang: Author Wanda J. Kehewin, Poet Kyle McKillop, Musician Enrico Renz, Poet Katheren Szabo and Host Fauzia Rafique. Visit us at the Plot Sharing Garden Saturday afternoon, 2-4 PM. More about the event is at this link:garden-plot-reading-series-august-24

Wanda J. Kehewin, Author

Wanda John-Kehewin is a Cree poet and fiction writer. The first collection of her poetry In The Dog House was launched by Talonbooks in 2013. Wanda has been published in Quills Poetry, Salish Seas, UBC’s Aboriginal Anthology and SFU’s Emerge. She has presented her work at various venues including Co-op Radio, The Writer’s Union of Canada, Word Arts LIVE! and Surrey Muse. Wanda is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s The Writers Studio (TWS), and she uses writing as a therapeutic medium ‘to understand and respond to the near decimation of First Nations culture, language and tradition’. Wanda studies part time at the UBC taking Creative Writing courses while working on her new book of poems and short stories. More about Wanda:
talonbooks.com/authors/wanda-john-kehewin

Kyle McKillop, Poet

Kyle McKillop is a poet and teacher. As the president of the Surrey English Teachers’ Association, he helps organize learning opportunities for local teachers and students, including the SETA Writer in Residence program. He is a recent graduate of UBC’s creative writing MFA program, and his work has appeared in a variety of places, including CV2, English Practice, and the Sustenance anthology of BC food writing from Anvil Press. Find him on Twitter: @KyleMcKillop.

Enrico Renz, Musician

Enrico Renz is a delightful one-man band singing songs to interact with the audience. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, and he has performed at various literary and music events in Metro Vancouver. He has released a cd titled Skytrain as part of Secret Messengers. Enrico co-hosts a weekly Songwriters Open Mic with Lawren Nemeth and Lilija Valis in New Westminster. In his journey into music, he experienced a long period where he chose to withhold writing, composing and singing. Meanwhile, everything else was on the go including playing improvised music and chess(!) both entwined into the process of creating songs. View more here:
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Katheren Szabo, Open Mic Opener

Katheren Szabo is a poet, arts activist and a vibrant community organizer. Her poems have been published in over 20 poetry chapbooks and theme-based ezines including We Are Newton, Hands & Heart, and Bulbs & Beauty. She is a co-founder of Cedar Bark Poets, a reading series that happens every month; and, she is a regular contributor to Friends of the Grove and community garden called The Plot in Newton, Surrey. At 11 years of age, Katheren began writing poetry as code to keep her diary safe from her siblings. ‘I have kept it all‘ she said, ‘and now have a large pile of dusty journals that hold my poetic life within. I am not a public poet and struggle to give voice to my words.’ Last year, she had said: ‘We shall embark together on breaking the mute silence of my writing on May 26th at Surrey Muse Event. See you there!’ since then, Katheren has presented at conferences, discussion groups and literary events to share her art and thoughts on issues around sexual violence, healing and environment. Visit Katheren on Facebook
facebook.com/katheren.szabo

Fauzia Rafique, Host

Fauzia is a novelist, poet, and an activist. She has published two novels and a poetry collection. Her novel Skeena was published in English (Libros Libertad, 2011) and Punjabi (Sanjh Publications, 2007). The Punjabi edition of Skeena has become Pakistan’s most sold Punjabi novel. Her second novel The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior was launched in 2016. She has printed two chapbooks of her poems, Holier Than Life (Purple Poppy Press, 2013) and Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal (Uddari Books 2011). She is a co-founder and the coordinator of Surrey Muse, and, the project manager of Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL). Visit Fauzia’s web page:
gandholi.wordpress.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 : August 24

Art work by Miquel Barceló, 58/77cm, watercolor and sand on paper
Poster designed by Surrey Muse art director Mariam Zohra

You are invited to this year’s third and final event of Garden Plot Reading Series. The previous two events were rewarding for both the presenters and the participants, and this time, we are looking forward to spend an afternoon outdoors with our features listening to Wanda’s stories, Kyle’s poetry, Enrico’s songs and Katheren’s poems.

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

Saturday, August 24, 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.

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
garden-plot-reading-series

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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