How Storytelling Saved our Lives: a Night with Authors Sassafras Lowrey and Amber Dawn

Sunday, April 28th 


Bluestockings Bookstore 

172 Allen St.  NY, NY

International award-winning author-artists Amber Dawn and Sassafras Lowrey join forces! Amber Dawn, author of Sub Rosa and the new How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir, will debut the book in NYC. Amber Dawn offers an unflinching, and multifaceted portrait of her experiences hustling the streets of Vancouver, BC. Sassafras Lowrey’s debut novel, Roving Pack, was just published, and ze is also the editor of the anthologies Kicked Out and Leather Ever After.

Amber Dawn is the author of Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa and multiple short films including the docuporn, Girl on Girl. She toured with the Sex Workers’ Art Show and is the former Director of Programming for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF). Amber Dawn was the 2012 Eli Coppola Memorial Chapbook Prize from RADAR Productions. She teaches creative writing courses for at-risk youth and sex workers in Vancouver, BC, where she resides.

Sassafras Lowrey is an internationally award-winning author, artist, and educator. Sassafras is the editor of the two time American Library Association honored, and Lambda Literary Finalist Kicked Out anthology ( which brought together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth. Sassafras’ highly anticipated American Library Association honored debut novel Roving Pack ( was released in autumn 2012. Roving Pack is set in an underground world of homeless queer teens searching for community, identity and connection amidst chaos. Sassafras is also the editor of Leather Ever After an anthology of BDSM fairy tale retellings. Sassafras regularly lectures and facilitates LGBTQ storytelling workshops at homeless shelters,colleges, conferences and community groups across the country and believes in the transformative power of storytelling for marginalized queer communities. Sassafras lives in Brooklyn with hir family. To learn more about Sassafras and hir work, visit