In 2003, Amber Dawn and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore read together at a strip club in Vancouver. Now, 10 years later, they reunite for a reading in an auditorium at an STD clinic in Seattle. Do you sense a theme? Yes, darling--glamour--it’s all about glamour! Bring it on…
Together again at last--Amber Dawn & Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore read from their new memoirs!
Thursday June 6, 6 pm
Calamus Auditorium at Gay City
517 E. Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122
Co-sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Company, who will be on hand to sell books
And, here’s the Facebook invite
Praise for How Poetry Saved My Life by Amber Dawn (Arsenal Pulp 2013):
“Lit by compassion and courage, How Poetry Saved My Life is a tribute to the marginalized and maligned.”
Elegiac, documentary, queerly nostalgic, politicized … [d]efiant and proud, [Amber Dawn’s] memoir categorically refuses silence, daring to imagine a better world.
Praise for The End of San Francisco by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (City Lights 2013):
“[A] frantic kaleidoscope of mourning and survival… recklessly transfigured through language and imagination.”
--San Francisco Chronicle
“One of the most important memoirs of the decade.”
Author of Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa, Amber Dawn toured for three years with the infamous Sex Workers’ Art Show. Her award-winning docuporn, Girl on Girl, was screened in eight countries and added to the gender studies curriculum at major universities. 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. Amber Dawn currently teaches Speculative Fiction Writing at Douglas College, the first accredited speculative fiction writing course in Canada. She also teaches creative writing to queer and at-risk youth.
Described as "startlingly bold and provocative" by Howard Zinn, "a cross between Tinkerbell and a honky Malcolm X with a queer agenda” by the Austin Chronicle, and “a gender-fucking tower of pure pulsing purple fabulous’ by The Stranger, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of two novels, most recently So Many Ways to Sleep Badly, and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies, including Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.
Check out Amber Dawn & Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore in conversation in The Advocate:
This event is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public.