Amber Dawn

Amber Dawn
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Amber Dawn is a writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and creative writing instructor based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the author of the Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010), editor of Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009) and co-editor of With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2005). Her new book How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir is forthcoming from Arsenal Pulp Press in April 2013.

Amber Dawn’s work focuses primarily on issues of sex work, queer sexuality and radical feminist thinking and aesthetics, and community engagement. She has hosted or co-hosted several queer reading series, including “Skank,” 2000-2003, “Femmes Read Porn,” 2003-2006, and “Thrilliterate: Queer Authors for Literacy in the Downtown Eastside,” 2008-2012.

Her award-winning docuporn, Girl on Girl, was screened in eight countries and added to the gender studies curriculum at Concordia University. She toured for three years with the infamous Sex Workers’ Art Show. Until August 2012, she was director of programming for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

Amber Dawn was the 2012 winner of the Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT writers as well as the 2012 Eli Coppola Memorial Chapbook Prize from RADAR Productions. She was also listed as number 6 on Go Magazine’s annual “100 Women We Love” list for 2012. Her novel, Sub Rosa, won a Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction and was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by the Globe & Mail (and listed among review?er Jim Bartley’s Top 5 books of 2010).

She was voted Xtra! West’s Hero of the Year in 2008.She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She currently teaches Speculative Fiction Writing at Douglas College, the first accredited speculative

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