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Elee Kraljii  with

Mike Caesar and Jeff Blackman

Sunday, 3:00 PM, 1 May 2016

at Pressed

750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa


Elee Kraljii Gardiner directs Thursdays Writing Collective, a non-profit organization of more than 150 writers in Vancouver. She is coeditor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, which was shortlisted for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award. Her poetry won CV2’s Lina Chartrand Award in 2011 and was a finalist for both Malahat’s Far Horizons 2014 Prize and the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her writing has appeared in TCR, Event, Prism International, Lemonhound.com, Harvard Medicine Journal, and several anthologies. Elee is on the editorial board of Poetry is Dead and the Advisory Council of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. She is a founding member of Canadian Women in Literary Art’s and a two-time member of their Critic in Residence jury. She is originally from Boston and is a dual US/Canadian citizen. She currently calls Vancouver home.


Mike Caesar was born in Little Current, Ontario, and lives in Ottawa. His poems have been published in Arc Poetry Magazine, The Malahat Review and The Fiddlehead. He opened for Peter Richardson at the Tree Reading Series and his work was chosen by judge Phil Hall as a past winner of the Sawdust Reading Series' monthly poetry contest.


Jeff Blackman's poetry has appeared in periodicals such as Blacklock's Reporter, In/Words, and the Steel Chisel, the anthology Five (Apt. 9 Press), and Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015 (Tightrope Books). He lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with his growing family. Visit https://jeffblackman2001.wordpress.com for poems, videos, and chapbooks.