February- Jillian Christmas and Elee Kraljii Gardiner

February 15, 2017

JILLIAN CHRISTMAS 

Jillian Christmas was born and raised in Markham, Ontario. She currently lives on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam people (Vancouver, BC), where she serves as Artistic Director of Versəs Festival of Words. Jillian is an enthusiastic organizer and activist in the Canadian arts community, her focus being to increase anti-oppression initiatives in spoken word. She has participated in, developed and executed programs in partnership with Toronto Poetry Project, Wordplay, Brendan McLeod's Travelling Slam, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Opera, and the CULTCH Mentorship, and facilitated spoken word workshops for youth and adults across the country.

ELEE KRALJII GARDINER 

Elee Kraljii Gardiner is the author of the book of poems serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016) and is the 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 second book of poems, Tunica Intima  (forthcoming 2018), has already been shortlisted for the Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Elee founded Thursdays Writing Collective, a non-profit organization of more than 150 writers in Vancouver. She is the editor of its eight published anthologies. She is originally from Boston and is a dual US/Canadian citizen. Visit www.eleekg.com for more information. 

This marks a special occasion in Lunch Poems history, a very powerful joint reading from two extremely talented poets and musical accompaniment for the first time.

LISTEN HERE FOR POETRY FROM BOTH POETS