May 2019 - Elee Kraljii Gardiner and Joseph Dandurand

May 15, 2019

Elee Kraljii Gardiner is an author, editor, and creative mentor whose poetry books include Trauma Head (2018), a chapbook of the same name (Otter Press, 2017), serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016), and the anthologies Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (Anvil Press, spring 2019) and V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012). She founded Thursdays Writing Collective, a beloved non-profit organization for Downtown Eastside writers, and through its ten years she edited and published nine of its anthologies. She is pursuing an MFA in poetry at the Institute for American Indian Arts and holds an MA in Hispanic Literature from UBC. Originally from Boston, she is a dual US/Canadian citizen.

Joseph A. Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River about 20 minutes east of Vancouver. He resides there with his 3 children Danessa, Marlysse, and Jace. Joseph is the Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Center. Joseph received a Diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied Theatre and Direction at the University of Ottawa. He recently published 2 books of poetry: I WANT by Leaf Press (2015) and HEAR AND FORETELL by BookLand Press (2015). His newest book of poems: The Rumour, will be published by BookLand Press in (2018) SH:LAM (the doctor) will be published by Mawenzi Press (2019).