Elee Kraljii Gardiner – Surrey Muse

Elee Kraljii Gardiner is an author, poet and mentor. In 2019, while an MFA student at the Institute of American Indian Arts, she published Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (Anvil Press), that was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal and Hoffer Grand Prize in the US. Her first book of poems, serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016), considers gender and physicality through the idea of ice, and it was nominated for the 2017 Raymond Souster Award. Her second book, the long poem memoir Trauma Head (Anvil Press, 2018), won the Cogswell Award for Literary Excellence, and it was shortlisted for the Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and nominated for the Souster Award. A chapbook of the same name (Trauma Head, Otter Press) that she hand-bound as a medical file was a finalist for the 2018 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Elee is the founder of Thursdays Writing Collective, a beloved non-profit organization based at Carnegie Community Centre, and through its ten years of activity she edited and published nine of its anthologies. In 2012 she coedited with John Asfour an anthology that centres the voices of residents of the neighbourhood, V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press), that was shortlisted for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award. Elee is a frequent collaborator with writers, choreographers, visual artists, and musicians and has recently published visual poems in the UK’s Streetcake Magazine. She interviews authors for the Decoction series at CAROUSEL magazine and has poetry forthcoming in Poetry North West. Originally from Boston, Elee lives on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Peoples, where she works at Vancouver Manuscript Intensive.

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At the January 28, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Elee will be the Featured Poet. More about the event is here: friday-jan-28

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Judy MacInnes – Surrey Muse

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Judy is a poet and a short fiction writer. Her work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. Her poem ‘Troll’, about a preschooler who swallows a doll, won the Other Voices Prize for Poetry. Judy’s first book ‘Snatch’ (Anvil Press 2000) included both poems and stories. She is a Kwantlen alum and has a BFA in Creative Writing from University of Victoria and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia. Judy is now writing her second book titled ‘Lightning Round’. Judy lived in Surrey for close to twenty years, and both rural life and suburbia are central to her work.

Her writings have appeared in The Capilano Review, Geist, Room, Prism International, CV2 among others, and in about a dozen anthologies including ‘ribsauce: a cd/anthology of words by women’ (Véhicule Press), ‘spoken broken: an anthology of spoken word’ (Wired on Words/Broken Pencil), ‘Breathing Fire: Canada’s New Poets’ (Harbour Publishing), and ‘Eye Wuz Here: Stories by Women Writers Under 30’ (Douglas & McIntyre).

Judy is drawn to work that is simple, direct and comic. She loves ‘chatting with writers about their process, their artistic routines, and their workspaces.’

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Kevin Spenst – Surrey Muse

Kevin Spenst is a poet and performer whose work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry, been nominated for Pushcart Poetry, the Alfred G. Bailey Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. He is the author of Ignite, Jabbering with Bing Bong (both with Anvil Press), and over a dozen chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Ward Notes (the serif of nottingham), Flip Flop Faces and Unexpurgated Lives (JackPine Press), and most recently Upend (Frog Hollow Press). His poetry has appeared in dozens of publications including Event, the Malahat Review, subTerrain magazine, Prairie Fire, CV2, the Rusty Toque, BafterC, Lemon Hound, Poetry is Dead, and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2019. He cohosts at Wax Poetic on Vancouver Co-op Radio, co-organizes the Dead Poets Reading Series, and teaches Creative Writing at Vancouver Community College. He lives on unceded Coast Salish territory with the love of his life Shauna Kaendo.

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