Amber Dawn

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Amber Dawn
Amber Dawn
Amber Dawn
BornFort Erie, Ontario, Canada
Notable worksSub Rosa (novel)
Notable awards2012 Dayne Ogilvie Prize
2011 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Debut Fiction

Amber Dawn is a Canadian writer, who won the 2012 Dayne Ogilvie Prize, presented by the Writers' Trust of Canada to an emerging lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender writer.[1]

A writer, filmmaker, and performance artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dawn published her debut novel Sub Rosa in 2010. The novel later won that year's Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Debut Fiction.[2] Dawn was also an editor of the anthology Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire, a nominee for the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in 2009, and co-editor with Trish Kelly of With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn.[1] In 2013 she released a new book of essays and poems entitled How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler's Memoir.[3][4] The book was a shortlisted nominee in the Lesbian Memoir/Biography category at the 26th Lambda Literary Awards, and won the 2013 City of Vancouver Book Award.[5]

Dawn was director of programming for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival for four years, ending in 2012.[6] In 2017, she rejoined the Vancouver Queer Film Festival as co-artistic director with Anoushka Ratnarajah.[7]

She served alongside Vivek Shraya and Anne Fleming on the Dayne Ogilvie Prize jury in 2013, selecting C. E. Gatchalian as that year's winner.[8]

Her newest novel, Sodom Road Exit, was published in 2018.[9]


Title Year published Notes
With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn 2005 editor
Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire 2009 editor
Sub Rosa 2010
How Poetry Saved My Life 2013
Where the Words End and My Body Begins 2015
Sodom Road Exit 2018


  1. ^ a b "Vancouver's Amber Dawn wins LGBT literary award". CBC News, June 26, 2012.
  2. ^ "Canadian authors celebrated at the Lambda Awards". Quill & Quire, May 27, 2011.
  3. ^ Kit-Bacon Gressitt (April 30, 2013). "BOOK REVIEW: Amber Dawn's "How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler's Memoir"". San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  4. ^ "The red fingernail of authority". Xtra!, April 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "Dawn's sex-trade memoir nabs City of Vancouver award". Vancouver Sun, November 23, 2013.
  6. ^ Takeuchi, Craig (August 27, 2012). "Amber Dawn leaves Vancouver Queer Film Festival for literary life". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  7. ^ "Vancouver Queer Film Fest nets two arts luminaries as artistic directors". Vancouver Metro, March 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "C. E. Gatchalian wins Dayne Ogilvie Prize" Archived June 29, 2013, at National Post, June 27, 2013.
  9. ^ "How an abandoned small-town theme park inspired Amber Dawn's new novel". CBC Books, May 7, 2018.

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