GARDINER, Elee Kraljii

Author Tags: Downtown Eastside, Poetry

With John Mikhail Asfour, Elee Kraljii co-edited an anthology, V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, which evolved from the Thursdays Writing Collective at Carnegie Community Centre and was shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
V6A: Writing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Her 2016 collection of poetry, Serpentine Loop (Anvil Press), begins most poems with a formal skating term but then push off to another topic. They include ideas of femininity, control, and language as a pattern. But imagery from the rink pervades in symmetry, joy, endurance, crescendo and accent, revolution and response. The imagery is powerful because, although Gardiner drifted away from skating, it obviously made a big impression on her.


V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside - co-edited with John Mikhail Asfour (Arsenal, 2012) $19.95

The Stanza Project - editor (Otter Press 2013)

Serpentine Loop (Anvil 2016) $18 978-1-77214-054-5

[BCBW 2016]