Available for select readings, panel discussions, workshops, lectures, and writing festivals. Queries: ZG Communications, Anvil Press.

March 2021 Panel: Thunderbird Series: a Pop-Up of Indigenous-led Literary Space-Making, AWP, online, details tk.

Speaking with Chandre Szafran, Jay Mercado, Sasha LaPointe about our digital reading series.

Dec 21, 2020 Writers Read Solstice Howl, Concordia Univ, 1pm Pacific, Zoom


Nov 5, 2020  Watch Your Head Anthology Launch, 6pm PST, Zoom

Readings by contributors to this climate crisis anthology, with: Hari Alluri, Joanne Arnott, Yvonne Blomer & Jenna Butler, Allison Cobb, Jen Currin, Mercedes Eng, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Jonina Kirton, Natalie Lim, and Isabella Wang. Hosted by Stephen Collis. Link will be available at

Aug 13, 2020 Thunderbird Reading Series, 6pm PDT, Zoom

with Cynthia Cruz and Jay Mercado


May 4, 2020 Wellesley College, MA TO BE RESCHEDULED

Reading with Heather Bryant

April 14-18 Geopoetics Symposium, Cortes Island, BC RESCHEDULED TO MAY 2021

I’ll be presenting some of the theory from my MFA thesis at this gathering.

March 5 and 6, 2020 AWP Conference, San Antonio, TX CANCELLED

Book signings at the Anvil Press Table for Trauma Head and Against Death:35 Essays on Living. 1-2pm.

February 15, 2020 Cascadian Zen Poetry Conference, Seattle University, Wyckoff Auditorium, 3-3:45pm.

February 10, 2020 Poetry in Voice classroom visit Charles Best Secondary, Coquitlam.

January 31, 2020 Reading with Sherwin Bitsui at Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, Seattle.

January 29, 2020 The Whole Cloth reading series, UBC Green College 8-10pm.

I’m inaugurating the nWhole-Cloth_Bitsui_V3 (003).FINAL-page-001ew reading series with hosting Diné poet Sherwin Bitsui.

January 23, 2020 Against Death group reading, Twisted Poets Series, Hood29 Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Vera Constantineau, Maureen Medved, Jennifer Van Evra & Fiona Tinwei Lam read their own and excerpted readings of essays by contributors John Asfour, Susan Briscoe, and Harry Langen, who passed away prior to publication of the anthology. The reading is dedicated to them.

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: HOOD 29 (previously known as The Cottage Bistro),
4468 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
There is no open mic at this event
Host: Daniela Elza
Suggested donation at the door: $5

January 28, 2020 Poetry in Voice 10th grade classroom visits to Richmond Secondary School, BC.

January 26, 2020 Poetic Justice, Heritage Grill, New Westminster, BC, 3pm-5pm

January 24, 2020 Launch of Heather Jessup’s This is Not a Hoax, Bookwarehouse, 4118 Main St, Vancouver

80853745_10163123698120284_3424377141632958464_nStop by Book Warehouse between 7pm and 9pm on Friday January 24th and help me celebrate my new book out about art hoaxes, literature, and the feeling of being duped, which I also hope is a celebration of the surprising ways hoaxes can call our attention to human capacities for flexibility, adaptation, and resilience.

7pm: Cake and A Pseudonym Generating Machine!
8pm: Reading and 3-minute stories about being duped!

Create a Pseudonym using a Pseudonym and Selfie Station (originally developed by the amazing folks at Mobil Art School ) and join me as I read a short selection from the book, followed by quick 3-minute reflections on moments of being duped from local writers and academics in Vancouver that I deeply admire: DF Parizeau, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Mandy Len Catron, Phaneul Antwi, and Sherryda Warrener.

November 25, 2019 Launch of Alex Leslie‘s Vancouver for Beginners, BookWarehouse, 4118 Main St, Vancouver, 6:30pm.

Vancouver Reading with Estlin McPhee and Amal Rana in support of Alex’s new book of poems.

November 13-15, 2019 Radar Poetry Retreat, THE INN AT FERNBROOK FARMS, CHESTERFIELD, NJ

I will be the guest poet at a retreat for women led by the editors of Radar Poetry, Dara-Lyn Shrager and Rachel Patterson Moles. Details here!

November 12, 2019, Against Death US Launch, New York City, Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, 6pm-8pm.

thumbnail_Against-Death-still-life.Mette-Moestrup-600x600Reading with contributors Emma Smith-Stevens, CM Faulkner and special guests Porochista Khakpour (Sick) and Nick Flynn (I Will Destroy You).

November 7, 2019 Pivot Reading Series, Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto, ON

73370698_3083150165093220_1668983192683544576_oReading from Trauma Head with Commonplace Podcast Host Rachel Zucker as she launches Soundmachine, her tenth book, and Ruth Daniell launching The Brightest Thing.

October 3, 2019, Trauma Head Boston-Area Launch with Joan Naviyuk Kane, Newtonville Books, 7pm

Join us at Newtonville Books for a double reading. 10 Langley Road Newton Centre, Newton, MA 02459, 617-244-6619

September 30, 2019, Franco-Anglo Reading, Librarie D&Q, 211 Rue Bernard ouest, Montreal

An evening of bilingual readings (French- and English-language) to celebrate the launch of Vancouver-based writer’s Elee Kraljii Gardiner’s poetry book Trauma Head and the anthology Against Death: 35 Essays on Living. Invited readers are Anita Anand, Françoise Major, and Chloé Savoie-Bernard. The event will be hosted by Melissa Bull.
Vous êtes convié.e.s à une soirée de lectures bilingues (en français et en anglais) à l’occasion du lancement du recueil de poèmes Trauma Head de l’écrivaine vancouvéroise Elee Kraljii Gardiner, et du collectif Against Death: 35 Essays on Living, qu’elle a dirigé. Anita Anand, Françoise Major et Chloé Savoie-Bernard se joindront à elle au micro lors de cette soirée animée par Melissa Bull.

September 26, 2019 Against Death Launch with Nikki Reimer, Shelf Life Books,1302 4 St SW # 100, Calgary, Alberta T2R 0X8, 7pm-9pm.


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September 8, 2019 Poets Rise Up, Art Action Hub, 2960 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, 3pm-5pm.

70427750_475656199954183_5087950247481573376_oA reading of eco poetry by A. Rajdeep Dhaliwal, Rita Wong, Brandy Liên Worrall-Soriano and MC Lozan Yamolky. Rita was released on Sep 4 from prison where she was incarcerated for peaceful protest of the pipeline. I’ll read a poem of hers in celebration.

June 6, 2019, Roundtable on Memory, Congress 2019, UBC, AMS Nest 2311, 1:30-3:30pm

I will be reading my poem on memory from the multidisciplinary anthology, Memory (Peter Wall Institute, 2018), and taking part in a panel roundtable with other contributors. More info here.

June 3, 2019 Alt-Congress, Book Warehouse, 4118 Main St, Vancouver, 7pmAlt Congress Reading 2019

Reading with Juliane Okot Bitek, jays simpson, Isabella Wang, Cole Mash. Sherryda Warrener, Kevin Chong, Clint Burnham, Anne Simpson, Joel Katelnikoff, Jordan Abel,  Heather Jessup, Thor Polukoshko, Mackenzie Ground, Mandy Len Catron.

May 15, 2019 Lunch Poems, SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, 12pm

Reading with Joseph Dandurand.

May 14, 2019 Reading with Matt Rader, Book Warehouse, 4118 Main St, Vancouver, 7pm

Matt is launching Visual Inspection , a multi-genre text about disability and illness, and I’ll be reading from Trauma Head.

April 18, 2019, Downtown Eastside Writers Collective, Carnegie Community Centre, 2pm-4pm

I’ll be reading and leading some writing prompts!

April 12, 2019, Planet Earth Poetry, Victoria, BC

Hillside Coffee and Tea, 103-1633 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, BC

Reading with Ali Blythe.

March 27-30, 2019, AWP Portland, Oregon

Book signing and off-site reading, details TK

March 8-15, 2019 Growing Room Festival, Vancouver



Event Type: Panel with Maureen Medved and Juliane Okot-Bitek 
Red Gate Revue Stage
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)

February 28, 2019 Twisted Poets series, Vancouver, 7pm

HOOD 29 (previously known as The Cottage Bistro)
4468 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

Twisted Poets Literary Salon presents
Rob Taylor, Elee Kraljii Gardiner & Bonnie Nish
Three writers who have written around trauma and mental health issues.
Sign up for Open Mic begins at 7pm, reading begins at 7:30pm
​Suggested donation at the door: $5

February 15, 2019 #KFBFRIDAYS Series, Knife Fork Book, Toronto, 7pm

The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Ave., Second Floor, Toronto.

Reading with E.Martin Nolan, author of Still Point (Invisble).

Doors at 6:30, reading at 7pm. Please note this is not an accessible venue. Also, socks only!

January 23, 2019 INCITE, Alice McKay Room – Vancouver Public Library
350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver, 7:30pm

vwf_incitejan23_websiteeventbanner-e1545952838322Reading with Mercedes Eng, Jules Arita Koostachin and mitcholos touchie, moderated by Aislinn Hunter. Part of the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Details here.

December 19, 2018 The Heatley, 696 East Hastings St, Vancouver, 7pm

Anvil Press Presents Poetry from the Forge

Anvil Press poets Eve Joseph, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, and Hilary Peach are co-headlining an evening of poetry at The Heatley on December 19th. Join us for readings from Quarrels, Trauma Head, and Bolt; libations; and holiday cheer! Books will be for sale and admission will be free!

Doors at 7 p.m. Readings at 7:30 p.m.

This event takes place on unceded Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh land.

Accessibility info: The Heatley is wheelchair accessible and there are wheelchair accessible bathrooms. The space is small so please let us know if you would like us to reserve seating and space at the front for you.

December 5, 2018 Massy Books, 229 E. Georgia St, Vancouver, 7pm

Trauma Head Book Launch
Accessible, free, all welcome. Beverages, snacks, book sales. Primarily a social event, though I will say a few words and read a tiny excerpt…

November 25, Junction Reads, Famous Last Words, Toronto

November 20, Art Bar, Toronto

November 8, 2018 Heritage Hall, Vancouver, 7pm-9pm

9781775276609-101686-510x590Launch of Memory, edited by Philippe Tortell, Mark Turin and Margot Young, published by Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. 3102 Main St, Vancouver (Main St. and 15th Ave.)

October 12, 2018 Read Local BC, Nanaimo, BC, 7pmRLBC-F18_Facebook-event-Oct12-Nanaimo

August 8, 2018, Poetry in the Park

35414795_1401932493284927_8259592370748653568_nI will be a featured reader at this outdoors series with Sylvia Simons. 6:30 p.m.-8:30pm in Queen’s Park, New Westminster, BC. Bring a chair or blanket!

June 25-26, 2018, Artsong Lab

Canadian Music Centre, Vancouver

I’m a guest artist at this year’s Artsong Lab program in Vancouver and am leading workshops and drop-in sessions for the poets and composers.

March 1, 2018, Growing Room Festival, 4:30-6:30pm

Native Education Centre, Vancouver

Hosting the panel on memoir, From Head to Heart, with Bev Sellars, Ijeoma Oluo, Chelene Knight, Leanne Dunic, Betsy Warland

February 1, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm

Emily Carr University of Art and Design, The On Edge Reading Series features Rajinderpal S. Pal and Elee Kraljii Gardiner in the Ron Burnett Library + Learning Commons.

I’ll be reading with Rajinderpal S. Pal, the author of two books of poetry: pappaji wrote poetry in a language i cannot read (TSAR, 1998), winner of the Alberta Book Awards Best First Book, and pulse (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002), shortlisted for the WO Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize and the Alberta Book Awards for Poetry. He has been published in many anthologies including Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (Norton, 2008). He has performed his poetry across Canada at events including The Scream in High Park (1999), and WordFest (1998). Rajinderpal was born in India, grew up in London, England and has called Canada home since 1980. He has collaborated with musicians and videographers to create multi-disciplinary presentations of his work. He is currently working on a new manuscript.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Everyone is welcome!

December 8, 2107

Elliott Bay Bookstore, 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA, 7pm

I will be opening with work from serpentine loop for Rachel Rose who is reading from her memoir The Dog Lover Unit.

November 30, 2017

Belkin Gallery at UBC, 12pm-1pm

Trauma Head: Reading the Medical File

The exhibit of The Beautiful Brain, the drawing of Santiago Ramón y Cajal  (d.1934) will be closing Dec 5 but before it does I will be reading from the chapbook “Trauma Head” with poet Ali Blythe.

November 30, 2017

Launch of Daphne Marlatt’s Intertidal, new and selected, from TalonBooks


Western Front, 303 8th Ave, Vancouver, doors at 7:30pm

I’ll be reading a poem of Daphne’s to celebrate her collected works, with Rita Wong, Colin Browne, Catriona Strang, Roy Miki, Fred Wah and editor Susan Holbrook.

November 4, 2017

Chicken Session, 7pm, a reading-and-music session held in a private home, hosted by Pam Bentley.

October 22, 2017

Vancouver International Writer’s Fest

Launch of Sustenance: a Feast of Voices , 1:30pm, Review Stage

DSC_3682Reading with Rachel Rose, Thomas Haas, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Jami Macarty, Billeh Nickerson, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Annie Ross, Karen Shklanka, Kevin Spenst, Russell Thornton, Ayelet Tsabari

(Derek Fu photo)

October 2, 2017

The Writer’s Studio at SFU

I will be speaking to Betsy Warland’s memoir class with Gurjinder Basran and Jennifer Zilm.

September 24, 2017

Poet Kevin Spenst invited me to share his chapbook table at WORD Vancouver in the Alice Mackay Room of the Vancouver Public Library. I will be there with Trauma Head! And visiting the Thursdays Writing Collective table, too.

September 19, 2017

Poetic Pairings, part of WORD Festival, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Britannia Community Services Centre
1661 Napier St, Vancouver BC V5L 4X4, Canada

Poets present collaborations. Host: Mary Duffy. Poetic Pairs: Jónína Kirton and Sho Wiley, Elee Kraljii Gardiner and RC Weslowski, Bonnie Nish and Angela Rebrec, Cynthia Sharp and Timothy Shay, Chelsea Comeau and Lara Varesi

August 31, 2017

Trauma Head chapbook launch

Vancouver Art Gallery Patio, 5pm-8pm

May 13, 2017

Write On Vancouver

Vancouver Public Library, Main Branch, Alice McKay Room, 10:30-12:00pm

I’m happy to be hosting Writers Resist, Writers Respond at the VPL’s one-day literary festival. Join four poets engaged in social justice for a morning of creative listening and writing. Each author will share a poem of their own and one by an author of their choice. After the readings listeners are invited to activate as writers, crafting on-the-spot responses that can be added to a community archive in the room. Paper and pen provided; all welcome.

Juliane Okot Bitek is a Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and a Poetry Ambassador for the City of Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Rachel Rose. She is completing her dissertation in the department of Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at UBC. Juliane’s book of poetry, 100 Days, was published by the University of Alberta Press in 2016. The book was the result of a project, inspired by the photographs of Wangechi Mutu, in which Juliane wrote a poem a day for one hundred days in the summer of 2014, each a response to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. It has been shortlisted for the 2017 Pat Lowther Award, the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry and is a finalist for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Award for Poetry.

Sonja Larsen has been collecting stories her whole life. As a kid she hitch-hiked across country and lived in 3 communes and one cult. As an adult she has worked as a telephone solicitor, bartender, freelance writer, teacher, and youth worker in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Her fiction has appeared in literary magazines, including Room, Descant and a flash fiction anthology. Her memoir RED STAR TATTOO (Random House 2016) was shortlisted for the 2016 Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Non-Fiction award.

Leah Horlick is a writer who grew up as a settler on Treaty Six Cree Territory in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her first collection of poetry, Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012), was shortlisted for a 2013 ReLit Award and a Saskatchewan Book Award. Her second collection, For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press, 2015), was named a 2016 Stonewall Honour Book by the American Library Association. Along with Esther McPhee, Leah co-curates REVERB, Vancouver’s only queer and anti-oppressive reading series. Last year she was awarded the 2016 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers.

May 5, 2017


Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver, BC,  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WomenofBCEviteFree event. Books available for purchase.

Read Local BC Presents six acclaimed female poets and authors, who will each read from their latest works: Serpentine Loop by Elee Kraljii Gardiner, What We Once Believed by Andrea MacPherson, Wherever I find Myself by Miriam Matejova, U Girl by Meredith Quartermain, for love and autonomy by Anahita Jamali Rad, and Beckoned by the Sea by Sylvia Taylor.

May 2, 2017

I’ll be reading at University of Northern British Columbia on Tuesday, May 2nd, from 12pm-1pm in Room 103. The  campus is at 4837 Keith Avenue in Terrace.

Hey, they recorded it! I read for about half an hour and they cut the feed before the Q&A, which went on for about 15 minutes.

May 1, 2017

Elephant’s Ear Cafe in Terrace, BC, 7pm

I’m looking forward to this reading hosted by Misty River Books!EKG Misty River Books-page-001

April 27-30 Rural Writers Retreat, Smithers, BC

I’ll be at this three-day retreat leading workshops, writing and giving readings.

March 25, 2017

Skate the Book: serpentine loop skating party in Vancouver, 9:00pm-11:30pm

Hillcrest Community Centre Rink
4575 Clancy Loranger Way
Vancouver, BC V5Y 2M4

EKG Skate the Book Poster-page-001Free event, open to public. Spectators and non-skaters welcome. Rental skates available or bring your own! Bring your kids, friends, neighbours and anyone else who wants to skate for fun. We know it’s late-ish but the ice was cheap! Before we get on the ice at 10pm we’re featuring a ten-minute reading and a short off-ice talk by professional skaters Elin Schran and Douglas Webster. After that Douglas and Elin are going to demonstrate some figures and edges and then Elin is going to skate the Canadian debut of the program she choreographed of my book! Facebook invite page here (please share) and more info on this site here.

March 11, 2017

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival, 10:30am–12:00pm66455559-cf01-46a9-b65d-3b3e4f380889

| Free | Multipurpose Room #2 @ Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athlete’s Way, Vancouver

The Only Way Out is Through: Writing About Trauma
Evelyn Lau, Christine Lowther, Sonnet L’Abbé | Moderator: Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Many of us seek to escape the traumatic memories that haunt us—to heal and move on from the things that have happened to us. Could writing be a way through? Many recommend writing as a method of healing from trauma, but it’s easier said than done. Join Evelyn LauChristine LowtherSonnet L’Abbé, and Elee Kraljii Gardiner for a powerful discussion about sitting with your memories and leaving it all on the page.

Please note: tickets are necessary.

March 12, 2017

Growing Room Festival: A Feminist Literary, 10:30am–12:00pm

| Free | Multipurpose Room #2 @ Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athlete’s Way, Vancouver

Writing in (the) Community
Leah Horlick, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Audrey Thomas | Moderator: Amber Dawn

In his acceptance speech for the National Book Award in 2016, Colson Whitehead said, “Be kind to everybody, make art, and fight the power.” Writing of all kinds has always been central to the fight against systemic oppression and injustice—and now, more than ever. As we move forward into an uncertain future, and fight to have our voices heard, writers and community activators Elee Kraljii GardinerLeah HorlickAmber Dawn, and Audrey Thomas discuss writing against the grain and creating spaces for everyone to speak their truth.

Please note: tickets are necessary.

February 15, 2017

Simon Fraser University’s Lunch Poems, 12-1pm, Harbour Centre, Vancouver

This excellent bring-your-lunch series is in its fifth year. It will be my first time reading and I am thrilled because my co-reader is musician, spoken word, poet and beauty Jillian Christmas.

January 30, 2017

Reading and writing with Creative Non Fiction Students at Concord Academy with Nancy Boutilier, 10:30-3pm.

January 29, 2017

River Run Book Store, 5pm, 142 Fleet St., Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-431-2100

I’ll be reading with chef Evan Mallett of The Black Trumpet bistro, author of Black Trumpet: A Chef’s Journey Through Eight New England Seasons. It’s a gorgeous bookstore and I’m excited to be reading with Evan, a friend of more than two decades.

Evan, chef and co-proprietor with his wife Denise of the renowned Black Trumpet at 29 Ceres St. in Portsmouth, is a James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef, Northeast (2011, 2013, 2014). He is actively involved and sits on the boards of Chef’s Collaborative, Slow Food Seacoast, and the Heirloom Harvest Project, an initiative to join farmers, chefs and educators to identify and restore a food system native to the greater NH Seacoast. 

Evan and I share an interest in how we form community- through foods, activities, geographies. Evan’s recipes and stories are an outgrowth of his extensive experience considering local New Hampshire farming, foodsheds and cuisine.

Books will be available for sale and signing. River Run Bookstore is wheelchair accessible and has single occupancy washrooms (marked by gender).

Before the reading please join us for an outdoor skating event hosted by Elin Schran and Douglas Webster at Strawbery Banke’s Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond nearby. (Details to follow) Professional figure skater Elin Schran will skate a program choreographed to the content of Elee’s book Serpentine Loop.

Elin Schran is the co-founder of Frozen Frog Productions and is the innovator of IceFlow (a yoga-inspired skating class). She is a choreographer and performer with experience in many shows including Ice Capades, and taught for five years at Dorothy Hamill’s Fantasy Skating Camp.

Kittery resident Douglas Webster is both the Artistic Director of Strawbery Banke’s Labrie Family Skate and the Maine based not-for-profit, Ice Dance International. He is one of the most sought-after professional choreographers in the world today (Ice Theatre of New York, Disney On Ice, Holiday On Ice, Stars On Ice).
Douglas is also the Creative Director of Shall We Dance on Ice airing Saturday, February 11th on ABC.

January 28, 2017

Skating Club of Boston, 1240 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02135, 617.782.5900, 7:30pm

I’ll be reading at the SCOB Alumni event for twenty minutes before dinner and skating. This is a bit of homecoming since many of the poems are situated here and I actually laid the manuscript out on the floor by the boards as I was sequencing poems for the book. Also, the first time I am reading to a community of skaters!

January 27, 2017

I’ll be reading and leading writing exercises for two classes of English students at Phillips Academy Andover with Lou Bernieri‘s tenth and twelfth graders.

January 20, 2017, 7:30pm

Planet Earth Reading Series, 1633 Hillside Ave, Victoria, BC

The evening begins at 7:30 with an open mic, followed by a featured reader(s). Planet Earth Poetry is located at Hillside Coffee and Tea, 1633 Hillside Ave (across from Bolen Books). Between 7 and 7:15, put your name in the hat to read at open mic.

I’ll be reading with Pamela Porter. Her work has earned more than a dozen provincial, national, and international awards, including the inaugural Gwendolyn MacEwan Poetry Prize, the 2013 Malahat Review 50th Anniversary Poetry Prize, the Our Times Poetry Award for political poetry, the 2012 FreeFall Magazine Poetry Award, the 2011 Prism International  Grand Prize in Poetry, the 2010 Vallum Magazine Poem of the Year Award, as well as the CBC, Raymond Souster and Pat Lowther Award shortlists. Her novel in verse, The Crazy Man, won the 2005 Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and other prizes. Both The Crazy Man and her 2011 novel, I’ll be Watching,  are required reading in schools and colleges across Canada and the US. Patrick Lane has called her “a poet to be grateful for.” Defending Darkness is her 9th volume of poetry. Pamela lives near Sidney, BC with her family and a menagerie of rescued horses, dogs, and cats.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7pm

PulpFiction Books, 3233 Main Street (at 8th), Vancouver, BC


Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Hall
419 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA

Serpentine Loop Reception, Reading & Meet the Author!
Free event, light refreshments, wheelchair accessieleebostonoct4-page-001ble.

All book sales to benefit the Youth Programs

Meet your neighbors, see the newly-renovated hall, and give our youth a boost!

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Hall

419 Shawmut Ave
between West Dedham & West Newton St.
Boston MA 02118

Silver Line Newton stop/Street parking limited
Public transit or taxi recommended

Saturday, October 1, 2016

VENUE CHANGE: Devine Rink, 995 William T Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester, MA 02122


Come skate for an hour in celebration of a book of poems about ice, frozen rivers, skating and edges.

Elin Schran will perform a short piece based on the book and set to music prompted by the book of poems.

And this is the debut of “Funnel Cloud”, a string piece for everyone to skate to created by Chris Gainey, recorded by University of Iowa New Music Ensemble!

Rental skates available or bring your own. All ages and abilities welcome. Snacks and beverages served. Books for signing and sale. This is not a poetry reading, but a skating party.

Elin Schran skating at Ice Theatre of New York.(photo: Dariel Sneed)

Elin Schran founded the Boston Ice Theater, a professional ensemble skating company, in 1999, to create new movement possibilities for the ice and to convey the joy of skating to the audience. As a choreographer and director, she designed the company’s numbers and also performed in every show. The ensemble of up to sixteen skaters worked together for five years performing in a wide variety of venues, including the Opening Ceremonies of the 2001 US Figure Skating Championships in Boston, MA.In 2004 Elin co-founded Frozen Frog Productions which specializes in developing high-energy shows for audiences all ages. Frozen Frog is known for its polished “wow factor” custom shows for corporate, as well as private clients who want to bring an added element of excitement to their events. Elin choreographs, directs and performs for all of the company’s projects. Elin was a coach at Dorothy Hamill’s Fantasy Skating Camp for 5 years, helping adult skaters of many skill levels feel comfortable and confident on the ice while being challenged in a positive way.

She has created a unique edge class for all ages and skill levels called IceFlow in order to bring a gentle, yoga-inspired approach to skating. IceFlow aims to connect movement with the breath while incorporating twisting, stretching, and gliding choreography. Main objectives of IceFlow include awareness and control of weight transfer, increased comfort with shifting balance points, and a celebration of the joy of skating.

Elin also works as an Independent Choreographer, sought out for her creativity and positive attitude. Her multi-faceted approach to skating is fed not only by practical experience as a skater in many shows, including Dorothy Hamill’s Ice Capades, but also by a theoretical understanding of the creative process evidenced by her Master’s degree in Critical and Creative Thinking.

September 25, 2016, Sunday

WORD Vancouver, Library Square, Vancouver, BC

1:10 pm to 1:25 pm:  Reading of serpentine loop at Sunrise Suite, the tent closest to Georgia Street.

3:40 pm to 4:40 pm: Panellist on Inclusive Magazine Publishing: Barriers and Strategies for Writers & Publishers at The Lions (tent midway between Robson and Georgia Streets) with Chelene Knight (Room magazine) and Jonina Kirton (Aboriginal Writers Collective). Moderated by Jen Sookfong Lee.

In between readings I’ll be at Thursdays Writing Collective‘s table outdoors – come visit!

September 22, 2016

Twisted Poets as part of  WORD Vancouver, Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main St, Vancouver, 7pm

This sturdy reading series has great open mic opportunities. Come read with me! Hosts are Mary Duffy and Rosemary Nowicki and the other readers are Jennifer Zilm and Henry Beissel!

September 11, 2016

Dead Poet’s Reading Series, VPL Main branch, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, Alice MacKay Room, 3-5pm.

This series has poets read the work of other poets who are gone and it is always eye-opening. It is very well-attended and the readings are across-the-boards great. I read Mexican essayist and poet Rosario Castellanos in a previous session and have come to love the buffet aspect of the series. At this meeting I will be reading my friend John Asfour’s work – he and I worked on V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and we were thickly entwined in each other’s editing. I’m excited to visit with him through selections of his books of poems and his translations of Faraj Bayrakdar’s poems from Syria, Mirrors of Absence.

John Asfour (1945 – 2014), read by Elee Kraljii Gardiner
Mahmoud Darwish (1942 – 2008), read by Rahat Kurd
Hafez (1325 – 1390), read by Nina Mosall
Nizar Qabanni (1923 – 1998), read by Ray McGinnis
Rumi (1207 – 1273), read by E.D. Blodgett

August 19, 2016

Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 W64th Ave, Vancouver,7-9pm

Ali Blythe and Adrienne Gruber and I are going to do an outdoor reading in the backyard of Historic Joy Kogawa House. We’ll read each other’s poems in a sort of round-robin. We’ve decided to only read the poems we have never read at our own readings. There will be coconut cake and lemonade. Blankets, pillows, folding chairs.


August 16, 2016

The Paper Hound, 344 W.Pender St, Vancouver, 7pm

Kevin Spenst  and I welcome Ontario’s Ashley-Elizabeth Best to read in the tiniest and best-curated book shop in the province.

August 4, 2016

Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Rd, Newton Center, Massachusetts 02459, 7pm-8pm

This is the Boston-area launch of serpentine loop! Join me for a one hour event – a 20 minute reading followed by book signing and mingling.

There is generally full access to the store: there is a ramp that leads to the entrance. We do not have automatic doors, but certainly assist carts, walkers, etc. We have a single bathroom which is gender neutral and has a baby changing table.

June 25, 2016

I’ll be reading at a house party with US/Canadian poets Jen Currin and Broc Russell and the band Scarlet Locomotive in Vancouver. It’s a private event but if you really want to come, email me.

June 9, 2016 Burnaby

Spoken Ink series, Wings Pub, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC, 8 pm

Chelene Knight and I are going to read for 20 mins each and then have a Q&A. If you arrive wearing skates (with skateguards) you get a copy of serpentine loop and if you come wearing braids, you get a DISCOUNTED copy of Braided Skin. It should be a lovely night – we’ll be out on the patio and there is an open mic, too.

May 19, 2016 Vancouver

Real Vancouver Writing Series Untitled art space 436 Columbia street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Reading with Michael Prior, Model Disciple, Véhicule Press, 2016; Fraser Nixon, Straight to the Head, Arsenal Press, 2016; Matthew Walsh, works in progress; Andrea Warner, We Oughta Know, Eternal Cavalier Press, 2015; Elena Johnson, Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra, Gaspereau Press, 2015

Hosted by Dina Del Bucchia and Sean Cranbury

Doors at 7PM
Admission by donation, pay what you can. Nobody turned away for lack of funds
Beers generously provided by Phillips Brewing
Books for sale, authors take 100% of proceeds from every sale

The wonderful people at Anvil Press made a Facebook page for the serpentine loop eastern Canada tour below where I will post from April 25-May 5. Details are below, too.

May 3 Montreal, PQ

Resonance Cafe, 9 pm, 5175 Av du Parc

Reading with Amanda Earl, Alison LaSorda, Jacob McArthur Mooney and Alison Strumberger.

May 2 Kingston ON

Novel Idea, 7 pm-9pm, 156 Princess St, Kingston

With Ashley-Elizabeth Best and musician Erika Lamon, a wonderful Kingston singer/songwriter whose EP will launch later this year.

Ashley-Elizabeth Best lives in Kingston and is from Cobourg, Ontario. She has been published in a number of anthologies including ‘That Not Forgotten’, ‘529’, ‘Lake Effect 5’, and ‘The Changing Image’. Her work has appeared in a number of publications including Fjords, CV2, Berfrois, Grist, and Ambit Magazine. She has received an honourable mention in the Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards. Her poetry was shortlisted for the 2011 Matrix Litpop Awards, Prism’s Poetry Prize 2012, and the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her chapbook ‘Now You Have Many Legs to Stand On’ (above/ground press) was published in 2015. Slow States of Collapse (ECW Press, 2016) is her first collection of poetry.

Elizabeth Greene will be reading from ‘The Dowager Empress: Selected Poems of Adele Wiseman’ which she is currently editing as well as some new poems of her own. Elizabeth is the author of three books of poetry. She edited and contributed to ‘We Who Can Fly: Poems, Essays and Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman’ (Cormorant, 1997) which won the Betty and Morris Aaron Prize in 1998.

Erika Lamon is a bilingual singer-songwriter-interpreter from Kingston. Her genre ranges from folk, acoustic pop to indie tunes. She performed at the FrancoFolies de Montréal, Skeleton Parks Arts Festival and the Kingston Artfest. She’s a member of the French band, Les Soliloques, and her solo English debut EP will be released in September 2016. A single, ‘Strangers Know’ is set to launch in April 2016.

May 1 Ottawa, ON

Railroad, 3:00-5:00pm at Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa.

Reading with Mike Caesar and Jeff Blackman.


MIKE CAESAR was born in Little Current, Ontario, and lives in Ottawa. His poems have been published in Arc Poetry Magazine, The Malahat Review and The Fiddlehead. He opened for Peter Richardson at the Tree Reading Series and his work was chosen by judge Phil Hall as a past winner of the Sawdust Reading Series’ monthly poetry contest.

JEFF BLACKMAN’s poetry has appeared in periodicals such as Blacklock’s Reporter, In/Words, and the Steel Chisel, the anthology Five (Apt. 9 Press), and Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015 (Tightrope Books). He lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with his growing family. Visit for poems, videos, and chapbooks.


RailRoad’s conductor and engineer are, in no order, Rona Shaffran and Rod Pederson.

April 29 St. Catharine’s, ON

In the Soil Festival, Niagara Artists’ Centre at 354 St Paul St in downtown St Catharines. The doors will open at 7:00 pm, the reading will begin at 7:30pm sharp. The whole event will be done by about 10:00 pm.  Reading with Margaret Christakos, Adrienne Gruber, Shannon Maguire, John Nyman, Mark Laliberte, Eric Schmaltz & Kasia Smug.

There are two sets of readers (see names above) and I’m reading second to last. Books will be for sale, but CASH ONLY!

April 26 Toronto, ON

Art Bar, 8 pm, Black Swan, 154 Danforth

Reading with the last ArtBar regular event. They are closing after two decades. Madhur Anand and Jennifer Zilm!

Madhur Anand’s debut collection of poems is A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada, April 2015). Newer poems appear in The Rusty Toque (Fall 2015) and The Walrus (Spring 2016). She is a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph.

Jennifer Zilm is a Vancouver-based author who received a B.A. and an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of British. A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio and the Humber College School for Writers, Zilm’s writing has been published in numerous journals, including Prism International, Prairie Fire, Grain, CV2, The Antigonish Review, Vallum, and Women in Judaism and Poetry. Zilm is the author of two chapbooks: The whole and broken yellows (2013) and October Notebook (2015). A draft of Waiting Room was shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Waiting Room is her debut book of poetry. Learn more at

Plus 10 people on the open mic – please share one poem under 3 minutes.

April 23 Victoria, BC

Multi-stop one-day poetry scramble with Kevin Spenst. Details forthcoming! Locations for Kevin’s 50 stop poetry tour are here.

April 20 Vancouver, BC

Launch of Kevin Spenst’s second book of poems, Ignite (Anvil Press) and my book serpentine loop at The Heatley, 696 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC. 7pm and onwards. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Bathrooms are gender neutral and accessible.

April 18 Vancouver

Supporting the launch of Jennifer Manuel’s The Heaviness of Things That Float and Tricia Dower’s Becoming Lin. BookWarehouse on Main and 25th, 7pm.

April 16, 2016 Vancouver, BC

Kevin Spenst’s 3rd Annual Poetry Crawl

Kevin has organized a blitz of readings in the downtown of Vancouver. Run from one to the next or drop in!

10:30 GRUNT GALLERY– JORDAN ABEL and Shazia Hafiz Ramji
11:15 WINSOR GALLERY –Ray Hsu and Matea Kulić
1:00 Hogan’s Alley – Timothy Shay and Elena Johnson  
1:40 221 E Georgia St: “Vancouver Especially” – Bren Simmers and Jeff Steudel
2:10 EL KARTEL – Jennifer Zilm
2:30 Untitled Gallery – Geoffrey Nilson and Shannon Rayne
3:05 Gallery Gachet – Leah Horlik and Elee Kralji Gardiner
3:40 Artspeak – Cecily Nicholson and Mariner Janes

4:10 Skwachàys Lodge – Jónína Kirton and Joanne Arnott
4:40 OR GALLERY Ben Rawluk and Margret Bollerup
7:00 THE PAPER HOUND Kevin Spenst and Raoul Fernandes

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April 4, University of British Columbia, Green College

Reading at 5pm with Raoul Fernandes in celebration of the launch of Ngwatilo Mawiyoo’s Dagoretti Corner! A Callaloo Fellow from Nairobi, Kenya, Ngwatilo’s recent poems have been published or are forthcoming in “Kwani?”, “Obsidian”, and “One Throne Magazine”. Ngwatilo is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and was shortlisted for the 2015 and 2016 Brunel University African Poetry Prize. She is the author of two chapbooks, “Blue Mothertongue” and the forthcoming “Dagoretti Corner”. She received her MFA from the University of British Columbia. Special congratulations to Raoul who was just nominated for the Gerald Lampert award!

March 31-April 4 Los Angeles, CA

AWP Conference attendance and book signing at the Anvil Press table on Friday April 1, 2016 at 3pm.

Feb 18, 2016 Guest on Wax Poetic, Coop Radio Vancouver. Listen to the archive here.

Dec 1-5, 2015  First Annual Writers Conference University of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

November 14, 2015 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, Launch of Rachel Rose’s Marry or Burn. I am thrilled about this because Raoul Fernandes (Transmitter and Receiver) and Renée Sarojini Saklikar (Children of Air India) and I were all at The Writer’s Studio at SFU when Rachel Rose was the poetry mentor.


June 23, 2015 Reading at Strangers on a Train

The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, 7pm

Strangers on a Train is a monthly reading series, hosted by the Langara College English department, devoted to creating dialogue between writers and writing groups that would not typically interact with one another. Each event features writers from a variety of genres and backgrounds: from spoken word to highbrow prose – the up-and-coming, the student, and the venerable. The goal of the series is to encourage discussion and promote collaboration within Vancouver’s diverse literary community (or with members of other Canadian literary communities). All events are free to attend and are open to the public (19+).

Featuring readings by:
Jacqueline Turner – The Ends of the Earth; Seven into Even
Donato Mancini – Loitersack; Snowline
Shashi Bhat – The Family Took Shape
Elee Kraljii Gardiner – V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Karol Pasciano – Langara Student Writer
Tracy Lissner – Langara Student Writer

On May 21, 2015 Thurs at 7pm I will join a group of Elise Partridge‘s friends in launching her third book, The Exiles’ Gallery. Elise passed away in January and her book, published by House of Anansi, is beautiful. I’ll be reading one of her poems with Aislinn Hunter, Miranda Pearson, Rob Taylor, Caroline Adderson and others. Heartwood Community Cafe, Broadway and Kingsway, Vancouver, BC.

On April 28, 2015 with Thursdays Writing Collective at Verses Festival at Havana Gallery on Commercial Drive, Vancouver. 6:30pm, $5 entrance. We read selections from Voice to Voice, our (forthcoming) seventh anthology!

On April 27, 2015 I will be reading with Vancouver Poet Laureate Rachel Rose, Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Mark Winston, Patrick Foley and Anita Lo at Honey, Hives and Poetry in the City. This event is part of National Poetry Month and supported by the League of Canadian Poets. Join us on Monday at 7pm in the Vancouver Public Library’s Alice McKay room for readings about food and bees – event includes a honey tasting! vpl-poster

April 2, 16, 2015 World premieres of Voice to Voice art songs, 11 original new music compositions by UBC graduate composers and performers based on texts by Thursdays Writing Collective. Voice to Voice 2015 Poster-Flyer-page-001

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