Elee Kraljii Gardiner is the author of two poetry books Trauma Head, winner of the Fred Cogswell Poetry Prize, and serpentine loop, shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award, and has edited two acclaimed anthologies Against Death: 35 Essays on Living and V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, which was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Award. An experienced mentor, Elee is the founding director of Thursdays Writing Collective, which supported emerging writers from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She has performed her award-winning poetry and hosted events at festivals across North America, including the Vancouver Writers Fest, the Railroad Reading Series, and the Annual Creative Writing Conference at the University of Chiang Mai. Originally from Boston, Elee now lives with her family in Vancouver on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Peoples.
My name is pronounced “elly kral-jee gardner”. Here’s an audio clip: