Elee Kraljii Gardiner is an author, editor, and creative mentor from Boston who lives in Vancouver, Canada on the unceded ancestral homelands of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish people. Her poetry collections are Trauma Head (2018), a chapbook of the same name (Otter Press, 2017), and serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016), all of which have been nominated for national awards. In September 2019 she launched the anthology Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (Anvil Press, 2019) which is a sibling book to Trauma Head and has already been named a “Best Book of the Year” by Bookwarehouse. Her first book, V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012) coedited with John Asfour, reflects her work with Thursdays Writing Collective, a beloved non-profit organization she founded and for which she edited and published nine anthologies. Elee is an associate director and mentor at Vancouver Manuscript Intensive and is the non fiction editor at Chapter House, the online journal of the Institute of American Indian Arts where she is an MFA candidate in poetry. eleekg.com
Elee Kraljii Gardiner is the author of the poetry books Trauma Head (Anvil Press, 2018), a chapbook of the same name (Otter Press, 2017), serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016), and the anthologies Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (Anvil Press, 2019) and V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012). eleekg.com
Elee Kraljii Gardiner est une mentore en création, poète et éditrice établie à Vancouver. Elle a publié le recueil de poèmes Trauma Head (2018), une brochure sous le même titre (Otter Press, 2017), le recueil serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016), et dirigé les collectifs Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (Anvil Press, 2019) et V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012). Elle a fondé l’organisation à but non lucratif réputée Thursdays Writing Collective, où elle a dirigé neuf collectifs depuis dix ans. Elle est directrice associée de Vancouver Manuscript Intensive et éditrice de la non-fiction au Chapter House Journal, le périodique en ligne du Institute of American Indian Arts où elle est candidate à la maîtrise ès arts en poésie
- Trauma Head was shortlisted for the 2019 Fred Cogswell Poetry Award, the 2015 Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and nominated for the 2018 Raymond Souster Award.
- Against Death is one of BookWarehouse’s “Best Books of the Year”
- The handmade medical file chapbook, Trauma Head (Otter Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award in 2018.
- serpentine loop was one of CBC’s “most anticipated spring releases,” of 2016, was named to three “Best of” lists of the year in Canada as well as shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award.
- V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012), which was shortlisted for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award.
- Each title went into second printing in its first year.
- Elee’s efforts to foster writers earned the 2015 Pandora’s Collective BC Writer Mentor Award. She is also the recipient of CV2’s Lina Chartrand Award in 2011 and in 2014 was a finalist for Malahat’s Far Horizons Prize.
Her writing is published in places including TCR, Event, PRISM International, Lemonhound.com. Her poem “Doppelgänger” was the first poem published in Harvard Medicine Journal in more than 40 years. She is a contributor to several anthologies such as ForceField (Mother Tongue), Walk Myself Home (Caitlin Press), Enpipe Line (Creekstone), Alive at the Centre (Ooligan Press), Sustenance (Anvil Press), Gush (Frontenac), Ghost Fishing (Split This Rock) and the forthcoming Poems for the Watershed (Caitlin Press). Elee’s essay “On Immigration” received Best of the Net 2017 from All Lit Up. Her work has been translated into French, Romanian, Russian and Spanish.
Elee is on the advisory board of the Andover Breadloaf Project and the editorial board of Poetry is Dead. She was a member of the Advisory Council of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and has served twice on the City of Vancouver Book Award jury. She is a founding member of CWILA (Canadian Women in Literary Arts) and a two-time member of their Critic in Residence jury. She was a Poetry Ambassador for Vancouver Poet Laureate Rachel Rose and currently works as a mentor with Vancouver Manuscript Intensive.
Note: The name is not as tricky as it looks! Pronounce it (“Elly Kral-jee Gardner”)
Contact at eleethursdays (at) gmail.com and Twitter at @eleekg
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