Poet Joanne Arnott receives Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award 2017

Joanne and Wil to Write (Wil George)

Congratulations to Joanne Arnott for receiving the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award 2017. Joanne Arnott and Wil to Write (Wil George) who is a Coast Salish poet from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, were honored with the awards in the area of Literary Arts.

Jules, Joanne and Flora @ The Mayor’s Arts Awards
Photo by Stuart Campbell.

‘Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood author, poet and arts activist who has published over ten books of poetry and prose. Her first book of poetry, Wiles of Girlhood (Press Gang) won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award in 1992. Her latest title is Halfling Spring: an internet romance with illustrations by Leo Yerxa (Kegedonce Press 2014). Her essays and poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies.’ She is the Poetry Editor for EVENT Magazine, a Literary Adviser to Surrey Muse, and a founding member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast. More about Joanne is at the link below:
joanne-arnott-surrey-muse

Joanne’s blogs
joannearnott.blogspot.ca
josarnott.blogspot.ca

The annual Mayor’s Arts Awards recognize 20 established and emerging artists from different communities. The recipients receive a cash award.
Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards for 2017
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Booklaunch: ‘Matriarchy’ and ‘The Second Advent of Zeus’

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Launching two books of poetry
‘The Second Advent of Zeus’ poetry collection by Manolis
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‘Matriarchy’ chapbook by Tiesa Leudy, Ayesha Durrani, Mariam Zohra, Fauzia Rafique, Zohra Begum

Sunday, January 15th, 4-6pm
Media Room, Upstairs, The Lodge Building.
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Ave, Surrey
alexhouse.net

Hosted by
Virginia Gillespie
Poetry Readings
Manolis
Tiesa Leudy
Mariam Zohra
Fauzia Rafique

We will also take this opportunity to introduce the new Word Arts LIVE Series being launched February 26 at this venue by Host Virginia Gillespie in collaboration with Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL).

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WIN Hearts and Souls for Literary Harmony: 2012 Awards

First inaugural Literary Festival of

Writers International Network (WIN)

held Saturday, March 24 at Richmond Cultural Centre.

This event brought together over 150 people including writers of diverse backgrounds and genres. The objective of this event was to recognize talent and to bring writers of all Colours into mainstream Canadian literature, and to provide an opportunity to network.

Ashok Bhargava, founder of Writers International Network says:
‘WIN will strive to unite the hearts and souls of writers to bring creativity, knowledge and joy to them. An artist’s gift to the world is a poem, story, painting, sculpture or dance. WIN will seek, nourish and recognize all sorts of artists so that together they can make this world a better place to live. Writing is an art that is deeply rooted in self-reflection. Self-reflection is the human capacity to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about our fundamental nature, purpose and essence. In other words, self reflection is who we see when we look in the mirror. Self reflection is also about taking the time to figure out who we are, both as individuals and as leaders.  WIN is created to fulfil the need of an environment where the work of an artist is appreciated and recognized no matter what background, what language or what cultural heritage that artist belongs to.’

Mr. Bhargava’s personal conviction is to create an organization where poets, writers and artists can connect with each other and with the community at large. ‘If you are a writer you belong here’, he says. ‘There is no membership and no fees and WIN is there to recognize and appreciate your creativity. Wow, that sounds great! The essence of writing is in giving to the world something to read. We write without knowing if someone would read it or not. It doesn’t matter if they love or hate it; you are going to write it anyway. If we appreciate a writer’s work and recognize it on its own merit, it would lift an incredible weight off his/her shoulder and make him or her happy.’

Bhargava’s greatest dream is to see the results of his creative work and everyone else’s work to realize their utopia in this world. To realize that a writer’s immediate environment is the training ground for the soul and the spirit of his or her writing world. Every day there’s work to be done to improve thoughts, actions and writing skills. He says, ‘If WIN could inspire just one person through appreciation and recognition that would be a true moment of miracle for it’s existence.’

WIN believes that we must write what we want to write not what others want us to write. Writing is self expression and must not be driven by commercialism though of course being successful commercially does not hurt at all.

WIN awards are to recognize, appreciate and understand the author. These awards are not based on comparing one’s work with others and determining the winner but understanding what a writer is saying and recognizing the message the author is trying to convey. In other words, writers are recognized for the real merit of their work.

Award categories are – Published writers and poets, Unpublished writers and poets, Emerging Artists (poets, writers, artists, dancers, painters etc), People’s Laureate, and Outstanding Citizens.

This year’s award recipients are: Evelyn Lau, Ariadne Swayer, Ashok Bhargava, Joanne Arnott, Ahn Bong Ja, Manga Basi, Fauzia Rafique, Janet Kvammen, Brajinder Dhillon, Tomothy Shay, Alan Hill and Mahendra Kwatra.

WIN’s First Literary Festival was hosted by Writers International Network in collaboration with India Club of Vancouver. WIN is also thankful for support provided by:
Indo-Canadian Association of Abbotsford
South Asian Literary Society of Canada
Urdu Association
Hindi Literary Society
Panjabi Lekhak Munch
Kendriya Lakhari Sabha Uttari America
BC Kavya Kendra
Chetna Association
Group of Poets International
Tagore Society of Vancouver
Nepali Writers Group
Pandora’s Collective
Poetic Justice
World Poetry Reading Series
Global Poetry
Poetry Beyond Cultures

Short biographies of 2012 winners will follow.

Contact Ashok Bhargava at:
bhargava2000@yahoo.com

First Annual Literary Festival – Canada’s Best 2012 Awards: March 24

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The 1st Annual Literary Festival
Writers International Network
Saturday, March 24, 2012
12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
Richmond Cultural Centre/Library
7700 Minoru Gate Richmond, BC
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The event brings together writers of diverse backgrounds and genre to develop better appreciation and fuller awareness of the art of creative writing. The objective of this event is to provide an opportunity to network, socialise and to recognize talent.


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More info:
Call Ashok Bhargava
604-327-6040

Invocation and welcoming address
Ashok Bhargava
Featured Poets/Writers
Candice James, Bonnie Nish, Manolis Aligizakis, Eva Waldauf, Sylvia Taylor, Meharoona Ghani, Bernice Lever, Michelle Rickaby, Bernice Lever, Theresa Chevalier, Ben Nuttal-Smith, Patricia Donahue and Alejandro Mujica-Olea
South Asian features
S.P. Dwivedi, Suresh Kurl, Ehsan Choudhary, Inderjit Sidhu, Madhu Varshney, Mankajee Shreshtha, Surjeet Kalsy and Hardev Sodhi “Ashk”
Open Mic
Bonnie Quan Symons, Avia Mana, Farina Reinprecht, Angela Edwards, Ibrahim Honjo, Una Bruhns, Sho Wiley, Patricia Donahue, Jacqueline Maire, Lilija Valis, Selene Bertelson and Ceri Naz
Award Presentations
Evelyn Lau, Joanne Arnott, Brajinder Dhillon, Ariadne Sawyer, Manja Basi, Bong Ja Ahn, Timothy Shay, Janet Kvammen, Fauzia Rafique and Alan Hill
Readings by Award Recipients
Evelyn Lau, Joanne Arnott, Brajinder Dhillon, Ariadne Sawyer, Manga Basi, Bong Ja Ahn, Timothy Shay, Janet Kvammen, Fauzia Rafique and Alan Hill
Hosts
Lucia Gorea and Reese McBeth

Tagore Dance by Arno Komalika
Award Presentations
Snacks and Socialize

For more information
Ashok Bhargava 604-327-6040
Lucia Gorea 604-441-0169
Alan Hill 604-276-4391
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Surrey Muse – Fri feb 24

Friday Feb 24, 2012
5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 418 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Guest Author Ben Nuttall Smith
Featured Poet Candice James, Poet Laureate New Westminster
Featured Filmmaker Tabatha Visutskie
Book Signing Ibrahim Honjo
Open Mic opens with Jason Sunder
Host Mariam Zohra-Durrani

Book Table
Refreshments

Free event
Donations welcome

Download Poster in PDF Colour

Download Poster in PDF Black&White

More about Surrey Muse Gatherings

Jan-June 2012 Program

Contact: surrey.muse@gmail.com
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