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Week of readings and panels

This busy week:

Tues May 13, 12:30pm-1:30pm The Paper Hound, 344 W Pender

I’m hosting our second Lettering Reading in the Postal Code Reading Series. We’ll be at The Paper Hound on 344 W Pender in Vancouver with Kevin Spenst. Kevin wrote a fantastic letter to us about an imagined correspondence between a bank robber and the teller. We’ll be reading our responses to his letter. Also, guests are invited to write messages on fake dollar bills and tuck them cracks in the bookshop’s back wall.

Thurs May 15, 7pm, Pulp Fiction Books, 2422 Main Street (at 8th)

An offsite reading from the CCWWP conference!

A bookish evening of literary micro-readings

Jordan Abel

Claire Battershill

Clint Burnham

Dina Del Bucchia

Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Jill Goldberg

Heather Jessup

Laura Matwichuk

Heather McDonald

Sheryda Warrener

& friends!

Fri May 16, CCWWP Conference at UBC

I’m really pleased to be on two panels here. The first is on pedagogy on Fri morning (9am).

Teaching off the Grid teaching creative writing inside and outside the universities and colleges. Panelists: Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Nilofar Shidmehr, Nancy Lee, Katherine Wagner.Pedagogy
This panel explores the benefits and challenges of teaching creative writing both within and outside the universities and colleges. Panelists: Elee Kraljii Gardiner teaches in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Nilofar Shidmehr teaches in Vancouver’s Iranian community, Nancy Lee (UBC Creative Writing Program) teaches seniors, teens and ESL adults, and Katherine Wagner mentors at Booming Ground, UBC’s online non-credit creative writing program run by creative writing MFA students. As moderator, Maureen Medved (UBC Creative Writing Program) wants to explore workshops both on and off the grid to learn how we can enhance the skills of participants and facilitators.

The second is at 1:45-3pm and I’ll be reading my own poetry.

Literary Magazine Group Reading 1.
Join us to hear work by Elise Partridge (reading from Event), Doretta Lau (Ricepaper), Andrea Bennett (Geist), Jeff Steudel (subTerrain) andElee Kraljii Gardiner (Prism). Hosted by Elizabeth Bachinsky.

I’m really pleased to be reading with this group of excellent writers. Can’t wait to hear what they bring!

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Shoe tree by the skate park.

Shoe tree by the skate park.

Tug with a double load just off the Fraser’s bank.
Boat so small, load so big.

Tug with a double load just off the Fraser’s bank.

Boat so small, load so big.

National Poetry Month

I’m very happy to be reuniting with Kevin McNeilly and Renee Sarojini Saklikar, two poets I have had fun collaborating/panelling/playing with in the past. We’ll be reading for 20 minutes each at UBC’s Koener Library on April 9, Wednesday, from 5-6:30pm.

I love this phrase in the directions of the Library’s listing: “3rd floor entrance by the fireplace”. 

I may read about spring thaw and ice, a new poem for Serpentine Loop. We’ll see what the weather is…

Shadows, wind, bubbles, thaw: 30 seconds of outdoor skating. I can’t believe they ever did figures on raw ice. 

Verticals at the tide line. Orange vs purple.

Verticals at the tide line. Orange vs purple.

Bookending the Weekend

I’m part of two reading series this weekend, and very excited to do completely different readings at each one.

The first one is the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, where I have read before. They label their own wine with authors’ names. I love that. 

it’s on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Index Gallery, 1305 Powell Street, Vancouver. 7:30pm.

I’ll be reading new work from my second poetry manuscript.

What makes this even more exciting is that it’s the Vancouver launch of Sina Queyras’ new book. Sina runs Lemonhound, a literary website that is a centre point of Canadian poetics/fiction/texts. 

She is launching her new poetry collection, MxT (Coachhouse Press) and this is from the reading’s facebook page

'Poetry succeeds where science fails to measure grief in this brilliant new collection by the esteemed Queyras.' – Publishers Weekly

Queyras will read from her new book, MxT, and be joined by some of Vancouver’s finest poets: Jillian Christmas (Verses Festival of Words), Elee Kraljii Gardiner (Thursdays Writing Collective), Leah Horlick (Riot Lung) and Daniel Zomparelli (Davie Street Translations) will all read alongside Queyras.

Hosted by Sean Cranbury and Dina Del Bucchia
Friday, March 7, 2014
Index Gallery, 1305 Powell Street (at Clark)
Vancouver, BC
8 p.m., $5-10 (or pay-what-you-can)

About MxT:

MxT, or ‘Memory x Time,’ is one of the formulas Queyras posits as a way to measure grief in her new book. Her poems mourn the dead by turning memories over and over like an old coin, by invoking other poets, by appropriating the language of technology, of instruction, of diagram, of electrical engineering, and of elegy itself. Devastating, cheeky, allusive, hallucinatory: MxT, published by Coach House Books, is Queyras at her most powerful.

Accessibility info: There are 28 stairs from the street to the venue. There is no elevator. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

Parking: There is very limited parking on Clark Drive north of Powell St., as well as along Powell St. itself. Parking can be found on Hastings St., a few blocks from the venue, or on Clark Drive south of Hastings.

Thank you Sean, Dina and Sina for including me in this!


The second reading I’m a part of, also a series, is the Dead Poets Reading Series on Sunday, March 9, 2014, 2-5pm at the Main Branch of the Vancouver Public Library.

This series, hosted by Rob Taylor, invites readers to present the work of a dead poet. I’ll be reading Rosario Castellanos, a Mexican poet, essayist and fiction writer. 

Here’s the facebook page, with an adorable lamb

The slate of readers and writers is:

Rosario Castellanos (1925 - 1974), read by Elee Kraljii Gardiner
Seamus Heaney (1939 - 2013), read by Jane Munro
Anne Marriott (1913 - 1997), read by Heidi Greco
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), read by Christine Leclerc
Lew Welch (1926 - 1971), read by Warren Dean Fulton

I like the fact I know each of these live readers and am eager to hear their take on their choices.

The reading is in the Alice McKay Room, DOWNSTAIRS from the main library atrium. It will NOT be in the third floor room where the last reading took place. 

Rosario Castellanos is a writer I studied during my MA studies in Latin American literature. I was surprised to revisit her work and discover how much had stayed with me, how much I had kept but not remembered was her work. I’ll read a little in Spanish and then revert to English. Thanks to Rob Taylor and the series for this chance to be with her again!

snow, tankers, crow and eagles: Jericho Beach, Feb 2014

Elee Kraljii Gardiner founded and directs Thursdays Writing Collective, a program of free, drop-in creative writing classes in Vancouver. She is the editor and publisher of six chapbooks from the Collective, the most recent of which is The Stanza Project (Otter Press, 2013). She is coeditor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012), which was shortlisted for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award. A frequent collaborator, Elee leads workshops on creativity. Her writing, which earned the 2011 Lina Chartrand Poetry Award, appears in North American anthologies and publications. Originally from Boston, Elee is a dual US/Canadian citizen.

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