Verse on the Edge: An Evening of Firsts
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.
Phinder Dulai introduces the evening and welcomes the community to the event.
Taryn Hubbard reads work from her project on Surrey City Centre.
Cecily Nicholson reads from her book Triage.
Edward Westerhuis working on the Verse on the Edge video. Coming soon!
So on to our next efforts: film night, art installation project, and summer symposium.