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Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Residency Artist – Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Idag anlände Elee Kraljii Gardiner från Kanada till Konstbyns residens. Här kan du läsa om Elee:s plan med hennes vistelse i vårt konstnärsresidens (engelska). Nedan kan du även läsa om Elee:s bakgrund och arbete.

I’m coming from western Canada, an area classified as temperate rain forest, where I have several writing projects in development that depend upon the natural environment and the forest. Though most of my writing is poetry, while I am at Nordingrå Konstby I’ll be working on revisions of a long fiction project that takes place in the woods and has to do with ideas of twinning, environmental inheritance, and mothers and daughters. My great-grandmother came from Tidån, Sweden and I am interested in reconnecting with the landscapes that formed her sense of self. I’ve only visited Sweden once, briefly, when I was the age she was when she left (18 years old) so I’m grateful to have the time to investigate this matrilineal connection and to see what effect it has on the manuscript.



Elee Kraljii Gardiner is a writer, editor, and creative mentor living in Vancouver, Canada. She is the author of two poetry books, Trauma Head, winner of the Cogswell Award for Literary Excellence, which investigates the experience of stroke, and serpentine loop, nominated for the Souster Award, which considers gender and physicality through the idea of ice. She is also editor of the anthologies Against Death: 35 Essays on Living and V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with John Asfour.


A frequent collaborator with choreographers, musicians, and visual artists, Elee is currently collaborating with nature via a series of durational art installations that investigate the law of thermodynamics and cultural ideas regarding the passing of time. She holds an MA in Hispanic Literature from University of British Columbia and an MFA in Poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Recent work has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry and WATCHER, a chapbook of visual poems co-authored with Gary Barwin, published by Timglaset Editions in Malmö, Sweden, 2022. It will be part of a visual arts exhibit at Massy Arts Society in Vancouver in fall 2024.


Elee founded and co-directs The Whole Cloth reading series with Dr. Bronwen Tate, at Green College at University of British Columbia, an experiment in deep listening where a poet reads an entire book of poems from start to finish. She also is a director of Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, a program pairing authors with mentors, and is a co-founder, with Rachel Rose, of the VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award.


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IG: @eleekg

Twitter: @eleekg



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