How Poetry Saved My Life by Amber Dawn
A Hustler's Memoir

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We should be thanking and celebrating writers like Dawn for doing the real work — facing head-on the vitriol of a sexist literary community, and for powerfully staring all the fear, shame and blame unflinchingly in the face.
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City of Vancouver Book Award winner

Lambda Award winner Amber Dawn’s sophomore book reveals a poignant and personal landscape—the terrain of sex work, queer identity, and survivor pride. This memoir told in prose and poetry offers a frank, multifaceted portrait of the author’s experience, from hustling the streets of Vancouver in the mid-90s to her present life as an outspoken feminist storyteller.
 

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Amber Dawn: Amber Dawn is a writer, filmmaker, and performance artist. She is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning novel Sub Rosa, editor of Fist of the Spider Woman, and co-editor of With a Rough Tongue. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She is also winner of the Dayne Ogilvie Prize from the Writers' Trust of Canada.
 
Published July 22, 2013 by Arsenal Pulp Press. 162 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Stacey May Fowles on May 17 2013

...Amber Dawn has written a powerful and necessary meditation on this very need for personal agency.

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Reviewed by Stacey May Fowles on May 17 2013

We should be thanking and celebrating writers like Dawn for doing the real work — facing head-on the vitriol of a sexist literary community, and for powerfully staring all the fear, shame and blame unflinchingly in the face.

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