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Poetry. In 2012, poet Elee Kraljii Gardiner precipitously lost feeling in, and use of, her left side. The mini-stroke passed quickly but was symptomatic of something larger: a tear in the lining of an artery known as the tunica intima. This long-poem memoir tracks the author's experiences with un/wellness and un/re-familiarity with herself. Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, TRAUMA HEAD disturbs and disorders language and syntax to reconcile appearance with experience.
Elee Kraljii Gardiner is the founder and creative mentor of Thursdays Writing Collective, a non-profit organization of Downtown Eastside writers, and editor and publisher of eight of its anthologies. She is co-editor 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. Her poetry earned the 2011 Lina Chartrand Poetry Award and was a finalist for Malahat's Far Horizons 2014 Prize and the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award. Her books of poetry include SERPENTINE LOOP (Anvil Press, 2016) and TRAUMA HEAD (Anvil Press, 2018).Author City: VANCOUVER, BC CAN