SOFIA/c’s inaugural event, Poets in Conversation

SOFIA/c presents the Edge City Cultural Event Series

Please join us in SOFIA/c’s inaugural event, Verse on the Edge: Poets in Conversation.

Poets Cecily Nicholson, Wanda John-Kehewin, and Taryn Hubbard, all writers with a unique connection and personal history with Surrey, will read work from their on-going projects that consider space, culture, language, trauma, and gentrification.

MC’d by poet Phinder Dulai, the readings will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Kwantlen Polytechnic University instructor and writer Summer Pervez.

Where: Newton Cultural Centre, 13530 72nd Ave., Surrey, B.C.

When: Sept. 27, 2013. Readings will start at 7 p.m.

How to get there: Newton Cultural Centre is located near the intersection of King George Boulevard and 72 Avenue. From Surrey Central SkyTrain, there are a number of buses available. Check the Translink website for schedules.

Cost: A donation of any amount is appreciated, but no one will be turned away. Any funds raised will go towards SOFIA/c’s programming of more readings and events in Surrey.

About the readers

Cecily Nicholson has worked in the Downtown Eastside community of Vancouver since 2000, in recent years as a coordinator of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. She is currently the Administrator of Gallery Gachet. Collaborative efforts include work with ReWorks in Progress at Algoma University and the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre; the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada of Thompson Rivers University; the Audain Gallery of Simon Fraser University; and VIVO Media Arts. Cecily is the author of Triage (Talonbooks, 2011) and a contributor to Anamnesia: Unforgetting (VIVO Media Arts, 2012). Her next work, from the poplars, is forthcoming (Talonbooks, Spring 2014).

Cree poet Wanda John-Kehewin studied criminology, sociology, Aboriginal studies, and creative writing while attending the Writer’s Studio writing program at SFU. She uses writing as a therapeutic medium through which to understand and to respond to the near decimation of First Nations culture, language, and tradition. She has been published in QuillsCanadian Poetry Magazine, Ricepaper Magazine,  the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast anthology Salish Seas, and the Writer’s Studio emerge anthology. She has shared her writing on Vancouver Co-op Radio, performed at numerous readings throughout the Lower Mainland, and read for the Writers Union of Canada. Her first book, In The Dog House was published in April 2013 by Talonbooks.

Taryn Hubbard is a writer living in Surrey, B.C. Her work has been published in journals such as Contemporary Verse 2, The Golden Handcuffs Review, subTerrain, Harlequin Creature, and the anthology Alive at the Centre (Ooligan Press, 2013). She keeps a blog of findings at, and is a member of the Room magazine collective, which is Canada’s oldest feminist literary magazine.

About SOFIA/c

SOFIA/c is South of Fraser Inter-Arts Collective, a new collective of artists, writers and filmmakers based in Surrey, B.C.

SOFIA/c seeks to bring together interdisciplinary and intercultural literary, visual and media-based collaborations through the hosting and production of artist talks, literary events, and film screenings that profile and explore the diversity of cultural space and hybridity in Surrey.

Through the programming of these events, we want to create a space for Surrey’s emerging professional arts community, and tell its own unique and significant intercultural story to residents and visitors alike.

This event is made possible with the generous funding of the new City of Surrey Cultural Grant program, as well as in partnership with the Surrey Arts Council at the Newton Cultural Centre.