Amber Dawn

Author: Amber Dawn

Profile: Amber Dawn is a Canadian writer performance writer and filmmaker. She was born in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. The novel Sub Rosa is her most notable works. She is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. In the year 2010 she published Sub Rosa, her debut novel. She has also been editor of the anthology, Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire.

For four years ending in 2012 she was director of programming for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. She joined again as co-artistic director with Anoushka Ratnarajah, for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in 2017.

Writing style: Amber Dawn plumbs her experiences of feeling torn between nostalgia and claustrophobia and spending her growing up years in the small home, an amazing place at Ontario, Crystal beach with just 8000 residents. She returns back to the realm of magic realism in her second novel, Sodom Road Exit in a supernatural journey.

Published Texts:

2005 – With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn

2009 – Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire

2010 – Sub Rosa

2013 – How Poetry Saved My Life

2015 – Where the Words End and My Body Begins

2018 – Sodom Road Exit

2019 – Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry

2020 – My Art is Killing Me and Other Poems

 

Awards and Acknowledgements:

2009 – Nominee for the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror and co-editor with Trish Kelly of With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn

2011 – Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Debut Fiction

2012 – Dayne Ogilvie Prize presented by the Writers’ Trust of Canada to an emerging transgender, bisexual, lesbian or gay writer.

In 2013, she served alongside Anne Fleming and Vivek Shraya on the Dayne Ogilvie Prize jury, in the process selecting C.E. Gatchalian a winner for that year.

2013 – Shortlisted nominee in the Lesbian Memoir/Biography category at the 26th Lambda Literary Awards for, ‘How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir’ and also won the 2013 City of Vancouver Book Award

2019 – Shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction at the 31st Lambda Literary Awards