Make Something: Surrey Teen Chapbook Workshop

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This July, I’ll be running chapbook making workshops for teens at the Fleetwood, Newton, Cloverdale, Guildford, City Centre, and Ocean Park Libraries!

Chapbook-making offers a unique creative experience. Teens will  cut, fold, and collage words and images. Guided by Surrey’s Poet Laureate, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, and other local poets, teens will be inspired with new ways of self-expression. Their works will be exhibited in the teen lounge of City Centre Library in October 2018.

These workshops are made possible by the City of Surrey Cultural Grants program. Thanks also go to local Surrey poets including: Winston Le, Christine Riek, Heidi Greco, and members of the Cedar Bark poetry community.”


Asians on Edge: Avant Garde Poets of the Diaspora

My pleasure to be hosting this event at Surrey City Centre Library this Friday. Registration information is below and at the link:
Asians on Edge

“‘Asians on Edge: Avant-Garde Poets of the Diaspora’ invites you to witness a quintet of poetic forces who excavate language as material and shapeshift the landscape of traditional verse. 

Come celebrate emerging Valley poet Winston Le’s new chapbook,”translanguaging” alongside acclaimed poets, Surjeet Kalsey, Penelope So, Rahat Kurd, and Shazia Hafiz Ramji.”

Learn More Here

Dec 8: Open Mic with Surrey’s Poet Laureate

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You are invited to this meet n greet and Open Mic. Bring a page of your writing to read and share! Refreshments will be provided at this free event – register in person at City Centre Library or call 604-598-74256.

Date: Friday December 8
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Place: Room 418, Surrey City Centre Library

May 12: Surrey Stories Connect Book Launch

As Surrey Poet Laureate, I’m very excited to be launching the anthology, Surrey Stories Connect: Teens and Seniors Write Surrey, on Friday May 12, 6:30-8:30 pm at City Centre Library. Here’s a bit from the official presser:

The book tells the lived experiences of Surrey residents from the Cloverdale and Strawberry Hill areas as well as from Historic Stewart Farm. ‘It’s a time capsule, a snapshot of Surrey in the fall of 2016, written by seniors and teens, during afternoon writing workshops,’ said Saklikar. ‘I am very proud that this anthology contains a chapter of the oral stories of senior citizens, many of whom are women who worked on berry farms and in sawmills. Their stories are translated from Punjabi and Gujarati into English.’

Surrey Stories Connect also includes responses to the writing prompt, ‘I remember when,’ with reminisces of the Surrey of the past as written by participants. ‘The writing captures moments in time, created in one sitting, at three different locations, with stories that reveal the deep diversity of this complex city,’ explains Co-editor, Meghan Savage.

In the Preface of the book, Mayor Linda Hepner remarks that ‘Surrey Stories Connect: Teens and Seniors Write Surrey arrives at a time when we are celebrating the history of Canada as it officially turns 150… The stories serve as an example of Surrey’s rich cultural diversity and unique heritage in Canada.’

Since starting her role as Surrey’s Poet Laureate in October 2015, Saklikar has been working to create a legacy program of poetry-outreach that is multi-lingual and inter-cultural, in partnership with local organizations in Surrey. Her interest has been in furthering grass-roots connections with youth, seniors, and community groups. She has just recently accepted an extension of her position as Surrey’s Poet Laureate for another year and will be serving into the fall of 2018.

Everyone is welcome to attend the book launch, which is part of the Surrey Poet Laureate legacy project, a collaboration between Surrey Libraries, the City of Surrey, and PICS Senior’s Care Facility. The book will be available free of charge. Light refreshments will be provided. Call 604-598-7426 to save your spot! For more information, visit