TONIGHT! Amber Dawn with Morgan M Page and Mark Ambrose Harris

Amber Dawn returns to the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly TONIGHT Wednesday, June 17th at 7 p.m. to launch her new poetry collection Where the words end and my body begins. In this collection, she delves deeper into the themes of trauma, memory, and unblushing sexuality that define her work. Amber will be joined by award winning local authors Morgan M Page and Mark Ambrose Harris!

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 up-and-comers 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.)

In Where the words end and my body begins Amber Dawn delves deeper into the themes of trauma, memory, and unblushing sexuality that define her work.

Advance praise:

“Revel in the way Amber Dawn’s hard femme survivor poetics create testimony bridges between queer survivor poets then and now, mapping a cartography you can tuck in your pocket, reminding you of where we’ve been.”—Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, author of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence In Activist Communities and Love Cake

“You’ll be sweetened, entranced and scared in equal measure by Amber Dawn’s glosas. This is a wordsmith at the height of her powers. You’ll have to read these again and again, just to be sure the gorgeous is real.”—Jane Eaton Hamilton, author of Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes and Hunger

Amber Dawn is a writer living on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples (incorporated Vancouver, Canada). Her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s 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.

Morgan M Page is a performance + video artist, writer, and activist in Montreal. She was a 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow, and the recipient of two 2013 SF MOTHA awards for her work as an artist and curator. Her non-fiction work has appeared on Feministing, Tits and Sass, and She is currently working on her first novel.



Mark Ambrose Harris lives, writes, and teaches in Montréal. His work appears in the anthologies I Like it Like That, Men on the Make, and In the Company of Animals: Stories of Extraordinary Encounters. His essay on body hair and gender identity is featured on Revolver and his work about parasites and STI stigma is part of Nomorepotlucks #29: Used. His essay Beautiful Books, which can be found in both Ribbon Pig Vol. 1 and the Lethe Press anthology Best Gay Stories 2012, received the Songe-de-Poliphile award from l’Académie de la vie littéraire au tournant du 21e siècle.

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