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Transgender musician and author Rae Spoon’s first book, First Spring Grass Fire, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in September 2012. The book was a finalist for a Lambda Award in the Transgender Fiction category, as well as shortlisted for an Expozine Alternative Press Award. Earlier this year Arsenal Pulp Press released Gender Failure, which is co-authored with Ivan E. Coyote, a poignant collection of autobiographical essays, lyrics, and images documenting Ivan and Rae's personal journeys from gender failure to gender self-acceptance. Rae lives in Montreal.

Award History

Jury Citation

“Rae Spoon’s voice is as clear as a star-studded sky. First Spring Grass Fire is a tender-hearted collection that nimbly delivers straightforward pitch-perfect storytelling with integrity, subtly, and wit. This book is for anyone who has taken risks in search of home.” -- 2014 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers Jury (Anna Camilleri, Connie Fife, and Bill Whitehead)

Works recognized by WT

First Spring Grass Fire

Gender Failure