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Amber Dawn -- Reading & Signing

Saturday 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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Where the words end and my body begins

- by Amber Dawn

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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.

How Poetry Saved My Life

- by Amber Dawn

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Vancouver Book Award winner; Lambda Literary Award finalist A memoir about sex work and sexuality, and how writing became the author's lifeline. Amber Dawn's acclaimed first novel Sub Rosa, a darkly intoxicating fantasy about a group of magical prostitutes who band together to fend off bad johns in a fantastical underworld, won a Lambda Literary Award in 2011. How Poetry Saved My Life, Amber Dawn's sophomore book, reveals an even more poignant and personal landscape--the terrain of sex work, queer identity, and survivor pride. This story, told in prose and poetry, offers a frank, multifaceted portrait of the author's experiences hustling the streets of Vancouver, and how those years took away her self-esteem and nearly destroyed her; at the crux of this autobiographical narrative is the tender celebration of poetry and literature, which--as the title suggests--acted as a lifeline during her most pivotal moments. As raw and fiery as its author, How Poetry Saved My Life is a powerful account of survival and the transformative power of literature.