Amber Dawn -- Reading & SigningSaturday Mar 05 2016 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
Reading & Signing How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustlerís Memoir and Where the words end and my body begins (Arsenal Pulp Press). Presented by The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba and the Institute for Womenís and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg.
Can poetry disrupt the dominant narrative? Can poetry be a form of resistance? Can poetry help us heal ourselves and our communities? Author Amber Dawn will read from her hybrid poetry memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustlerís Memoir and her newest poetry collection Where the words end and my body begins as texts to explore poetry as an activist and healing tool.
Amber Dawn is a writer living on unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustlerís Memoir won the 2013 Vancouver Book Award. She is the author of the Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa, and editor of the anthologies Fist of the Spider Women: Fear and Queer Desire and With A Rough Tongue. Her newest book Where the words end and my body begins is a collection of glosa form poems. She currently teaches creative writing at Douglas College and the University of British Columbia, as well as volunteer mentors at several community-driven art and healing spaces.
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The first full-length poetry book by the Lambda Literary and Vancouver Book Award Winner. Finalist, Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize Award-winning writer Amber Dawn reveals a gutsy lyrical sensibility in her debut poetry collection: a suite of glosa poems written as an homage to and an interaction with queer poets, such as the legendary Gertrude Stein, Christina Rossetti, and Adrienne Rich, as well as contemporaries like Leah Horlick, Rachel Rose, and Trish Salah. (Glosas, a 15th-century Spanish form, typically open with a quatrain from an existing poem by another writer, followed by four stanzas of ten lines each, and usually end with a line repeated from the opening quatrain.) By doing so, Amber Dawn delves deeper into the themes of trauma, memory, and unblushing sexuality that define her work.