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Amber Dawn is the author of the novels Sodom Road Exit and Sub Rosa, the Vancouver Book Award-winning memoir How Poetry Saved My Life, and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize-nominated poetry collection Where the words end and my body begins. She is the editor of Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire and co-editor of With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn. Amber Dawn has won a Lambda Literary Award and the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers. She teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and leads several low-barrier community writing classes.

Award History

Jury Citation

“Amber Dawn is an impressive, heart-stopping talent. Her debut novel, Sub Rosa, is a clear-eyed myth exploring the lives of young women at risk. Both fearless in its narrative and rich in its landscape of metaphor, Sub Rosa is a book that refuses to be overlooked. Dawn’s story is not just an attempt to hold the world’s darkness, but to find it some comfort too.” — 2012 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers Jury (Kamal Al-Solaylee, Ivan Coyote, and Michael V. Smith)

Works recognized by WT

Sub Rosa