Feb 15: Lunch Poems with Jillian Christmas and Elee Kraljii Gardiner

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Lunch Poems is a SFU Public Square program, connecting the city with poets – a great place to bring your lunch and your questions about poetry. There’s always a Q & A after the reading.

The light in the gallery is beautiful, the vibe is friendly and relaxed.

And we always end on time.

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Poets.ca: On Honey, Hives and Poetry

This piece first appeared on the League of Canadian Poets blog on April 24, 2015:

“Next I’ll speak about the celestial gift of honey”

~ Virgil, Book IV, Georgics

From the slow press of hours in ancient times to today’s digital staccato, poets obsesses about bees. For example, there’s Stephen Collis’ bee poems in his award winning poetry book, On the Material as well as Carol Ann Duffy’s The Bees, and of course, famously, Sylvia Plath’s “bee sequence” in Ariel and Yeats’ Lake Isle of Innisfree.

Bee poems pop out everywhere once you start looking, and you might find yourself clipping poems to carry around in your pocket, such as Eamon Grennan’s  delightful “Untitled [back they sputter]. Start googling any poetry website and you’ll quickly discover poems about bees, bee-keeping, hives and honey. As well-known bee expert, scientist and author, Dr. Mark Winston says, “Art with bees energizes our capacity to imagine and deepens our attentiveness to the world around us.” His latest book, Bee Time, Lessons from the Hive, includes environmental analysis, memoir, and a lyric prose meditation on bees, art and culture. In the research for his book, Dr. Winston connected with Vancouver poet, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, author of a life-long poem chronicle, thecanadaproject that includes, among other things, bee-poems.

This year, Saklikar and Winston will collaborate on a lyric prose-poetry performance for which Saklikar has written a sequence of bee poems in honour of, and using text from not only Virgil but also Winston’s scientific data and publications. In preparing for performance, Mark and Renée were delighted to learn of Rachel Rose’s call to poets to investigate, explore, and celebrate food and poetry. As the new City of Vancouver’s poet laureate, Rose’s vision shimmers “bee energy.” She writes, “we want to investigate the ways in which food is ‘personal, political, sensual and powerful.’” Saklikar, a League member who studied with Rachel Rose at Simon Fraser University’s The Writers Studio, saw a nexus of community connections beginning to form: what might poets, community, and bees get going in Vancouver? Continue reading “Poets.ca: On Honey, Hives and Poetry”

Honey, Hives and Poetry: Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Honey, Hives and Poetry: Featuring Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Elee Kraljii Gardiner

On April 27,  Elee Kraljii Gardiner along with other authors and poets from the Thursdays Writing Collective will be reading at Honey, Hives, and Poetry in the City, an event that explores food and poetry as a means for activism and community building.

“Elee Kraljii Gardiner directs Thursdays Writing Collective in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She is a poet and the editor and publisher of five chapbooks. A frequent collaborator, she leads workshops on creativity and social writing.”

– Arsenal Pulp Press 

Date: April 27, 2015
Time:
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
Address: 350 West Georgia Street, Alice McKay Room
Admission: Free

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April 27: Honey, Hives, and Poetry in the City

Honey Hives and Poetry

Looking forward to this unique collaboration with Mark L. Winston, and honoured to be part of this event with Elee Kralijii Gardiner from the Thursday Writing Collective and of course, the esteemed Rachel Rose, Vancouver’s Poet Laureate.

Thanks to Vancouver Public Library, the SFU Centre for Dialogue, the Canada Council for the ArtsThe League of Canadian Poets, and Hives for Humanity for making this wonderful event possible… Hope to see you there.

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Reading Out Loud Together, from Frank Styles

On April 9, at Koerner Library UBC, I had the pleasure reading poetry with Kevin McNeilly and Elee Kraljee Gardiner. Here’s Kevin’s blog piece about our reading, with much thanks to the folks at UBC’s Koerner Library:

Reading Out Loud Together, with Elee Kraljii Gardiner and Renee Sarojini Saklikar

Frank Styles is Kevin McNeilly’s blog, mostly about poetry, poetics and music. Kevin McNeilly is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. His book of poems, Embouchure, is published by Nightwood Editions (2011).