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.
At the January 28, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Elee will be the Featured Poet. More about the event is here: friday-jan-28
Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.