Category Archives: Amber Dawn

Queer Can Lit Newsflash: Upcoming Queer Issue of Room Magazine, Fantasy by Trans Femmes, New Queer Indigenous Work, and More!

Welcome to this second installment of my new monthly-ish column news about stuff that’s happening in the Canadian and/or Indigenous LGBTQ2IA+ literary world. Have something you think I should cover next time? Send me an email: stepaniukcasey [at] gmail.com. Did … Continue reading

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3 Queer Poetry Collections for Tough Times

There’s nothing better than poetry for tough times. Here are three queer poetry collections to get you through. Bodymap by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha This visceral, evocative collection is Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s writing at its finest. Lyrically these are an incredibly … Continue reading

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“Never forget that you too can do this healing work”: A Review of THE REMEDY: QUEER AND TRANS VOICES ON HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE, Edited by Zena Sharman

I’ll be honest: I’ve never been particularly interested in health or health care, beyond wondering why my anxiety is so strongly triggered by anything related to visiting the doctor. So I was surprised by how much The Remedy: Queer and … Continue reading

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Eight #CanLit Authors Who Write about Survivors and Trauma

If you haven’t been following the shitstorm that blew through the Can Lit community a few days ago, here’s a quick breakdown: Joseph Boyden, with the support of many, many other Canadian literary superstars, penned an “open letter” (even created … Continue reading

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Taking Root: A Review of Amber Dawn’s Poetry Collection WHERE THE WORDS END AND MY BODY BEGINS

Have you ever heard of something called a glosa poem? If you haven’t, you’re like me when I picked up Amber Dawn’s debut poetry collection Where the Words End and My Body Begins, which is comprised of these things called … Continue reading

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Ask Your Friendly Neighbourhood Lesbrarian # 8: LGBTQ Magic Realism

My friend L writes: Any (well written!) magic realism books with LGTBQ characters? Preferably not YA or NA. Any books where a queer woman protagonist is a scientist of some kind and that’s not used as a shorthand for her … Continue reading

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A Valentine’s Day Queer Book Gift Guide

Maybe it’s because I’m a crazy book lover, but to me there is no better present for any occasion than a book.  So, if you’re buying someone—lover, girlfriend, long-term partner—something this Valentine’s Day, consider one of these excellent options: With … Continue reading

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