Because I posted about Evelyn Lau’s book, I had to put a post up about my friend Amber Dawn’s autobiography, How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir. Also set against the backdrop of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, this book is more recent (2013) and in terms of RAD-ness, there is more LGTBQ content in it.
This book details Amber Dawn’s life as a sex-trade worker who finds solace in writing and poetry. Interspersed among the tales of tricks gone bad and survival stories are tidbits of Amber Dawn’s poetry, her life raft that kept her afloat amid all the struggles.
Other works by Amber Dawn: Sub Rosa, Where The Words End and My Body Begins