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    Monday
    May192014

    MISFIT LIT MAGAZINE LAUNCH PRESENTS SURVIVING SAMSARA

    MISFIT LIT MAGAZINE LAUNCH

    presents

    spoken word artist

    KAGAN GOH

    performing  

    SURVIVING SAMSARA

    Also featuring

    Butoh dancer MARIA SALOME NIETO

    Cellist composer NICHOLAS EPPERSON

    Singer-Songwriter FRASER MACKENZIE

     

    Cafe Deux Soleils. 2096 Commercial Drive (at 5th Avenue), Saturday 24th May at 9 pm.  $7 at door.  Magazines for sale.

     

    “Samsara is defined as the ‘round of rebirth’ or ‘perpetual wandering’, the sea of life ever restlessly heaving up and down, the symbol of this continuous process of ever again and again being born, growing old, suffering and dying.”

    -                       The Buddhist Dictionary

     

    Misfit Lit Magazine is proud to feature Kagan Goh as its profile author in its latest issue.

     

    SURVIVNG SAMSARA is a collection of poems and short stories, recounting the author Kagan Goh’s struggles with manic depression as he tries to survive the highs of mania and the lows of depression, tossed up and down upon the restless seas of Samsara.  As a survivor, Kagan gives us insight into an ‘insider’s’ experience of madness as he wanders through the Dark Night of the Soul.  He exposes the damaging effects of the stigma of mental illness, and explores manic depression not only as a mental illness but as a spiritual emergence which can be a vehicle for personal growth, healing and spiritual transcendence.  Kagan’s deeply personal stories illustrate his transformation from victim to survivor to activist.

     

    Kagan Goh is a published author, award-winning filmmaker and an established spoken word artist who has performed at open mics, readings, festivals and radio.  His personal mission is to educate people about mental health issues and fight the stigma against the mentally ill.

     

    Maria Salome Nieto is a professional dancer, choreographer and dance instructor based out of Vancouver, BC. She was born and raised in Mexico City where she received her early dance training in ballet and modern dance and graduated from the National Institute for Fine Arts in 1984.  In 1993 Salome began training in modern dance and Butoh with Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, founders of Kokoro Dance and has danced in the company since.  Salome is currently exploring how the depth and the scope of her culture, her personal history and her past experience as both a contemporary and Butoh dancer meet and integrate.  Salome Nieto is the founder of paraSola dance, a Butoh company that bases its work on the marvelous reality of Latin America.

     

    Nicholas Epperson is an accomplished cellist and composer.  He studied music at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.  He has worked at Ye Olde Music Scoo’ on Granville Island.  He resides in Vancouver, BC.

     

    Fraser Mackenzie is a local singer-songwriter who has recorded and toured with Thurston 5, Thurston Revival and The Blue Alarm. He is involved with the Arts at large and continues to paint, write and record music. Fraser is currently employed by Coast Mental Health. Fraser is also an active member of the BC Mood Disorders Association and is a founding member of The Kaleidoscope, a peer-support initiative at UBC for students/faculty/community members helping to provide resources and support for those challenged with mental health and addiction issues. It is with great pleasure that Fraser takes part in this evening’s explorations. 

     

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