Criminalized Verse: The Crossroads of Sex Work and Poetry

In the anthology Hustling Verse, more than fifty self-identified sex workers from all walks of the industry explore their lived experience through the expressive nuance and beauty of poetry. Join multidisciplinary artists Justin Ducharme, Mercedes Eng, Cassandra Blanchard, and Amber Dawn, whose poems in Hustling Verse and throughout their larger bodies-of-work traverse themes of criminalized and highly stigmatized identities. This no-holds-bars reading and discussion will share insights into bypassing stereotypes and moving toward true creative production. Come ready to listen, laugh, and learn a thing or two about sex work justice and the literature made by us, for us. Moderated by Amber Dawn.

Event Type: Panel
Event Code: NEC/SAT-6
Venue: Native Education College
Date: Saturday, March 14, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2020

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Amber Dawn is the author of five queer and trauma-informed books, and the editor of three anthologies.

Cassandra Blanchard was born in Whitehorse, Yukon and is a part of the Selkirk First Nation. Fresh Pack of Smokes is her first book. She currently lives on Vancouver Island.

Justin Ducharme is a filmmaker, writer, dancer and curator from the small Métis community of St. Ambroise on Treaty 1 Territory. He currently lives and works on Unceded Coast Salish Territory.

Mercedes Eng is the author of Mercenary English, Prison Industrial Complex Explodes, winner of the BC Poetry Prize, and my yt mama