Elee Kraljii Gardiner founded and directs Thursdays Writing Collective. She is the editor and publisher of seven anthologies from the Collective and 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 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. Serpentine Loop (Anvil Press, 2016) is her first book of poetry. A frequent collaborator, she is originally from Boston.