Canterbury Tales Bookstore on "The Drive"
2010 Commercial Drive
Vancouver BC Canada V5N 4A9
604-568-3511


How Poetry Saved My Life by Amber Dawn
How Poetry Saved My Life by Amber Dawn  

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.

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.

           Back Button


Copyright 2015 Canterbury Tales Bookstore. Designed and maintained by Lea Watson