In Review: SOFIA/c Inaugural Event

Verse on the Edge: An Evening of Firsts

verse-on-the-edge1 Last Friday, SOFIA/c kicked off its first event with a poetry reading at the Newton Cultural Centre. On a dark and rainy night, we had a full house of friends, family, and community members. It was exciting and humbling to see so much warmth and support for our first event.

Readers Cecily Nicholson and Taryn Hubbard each shared their work, as well as Phinder Dulai who gave a special poetry reading in replace of Wanda John-Kehwin who couldn’t make it. The audience got a first listen of Dulai’s latest work. Our inaugural event was a great success, and a promising start to this budding artist collective.

 Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

We couldn’t have done this event without the help of the City of Surrey’s Cultural Grant program, as well as the generosity of the Surrey Arts Council for its support of the venue.

Special Thank You to Our Wonderful Volunteers

Thank you to our volunteers Jane Cleary-Dulai for baking the most delicious chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, and Natasha Cleary-Dulai and Nadya Cleary-Dulai for staffing the book table.

Please check out our photos below taken by collective member Matt Smith. Video by Edward Westerhuis to come.

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Phinder Dulai introduces the evening and welcomes the community to the event.

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Taryn Hubbard reads work from her project on Surrey City Centre.

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Cecily Nicholson reads from her book Triage.

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Edward Westerhuis working on the Verse on the Edge video. Coming soon!

Upcoming

So on to our next efforts: film night, art installation project, and summer symposium.

 

 

Take the 96 NEWTON EXCH B-LINE to Poets in Conversation

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Looks like Surrey’s new 96 B-Line will go right past the Newton Cultural Centre from Surrey Central Skytrain Station. Why not plan to take this new route to SOFIA/c’s Poets in Conversation event? It will be an evening of firsts for all.

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.

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