Ensiling: Ben Bown and Amber Dawn, May 13th at the Roxy, 7:30pm, Tickets $15 ($10 for members) at HIVE. Bring writing implements!

In 2016, Poetry Gabriola commissioned three pais of exceptional text- and sound-based artists to create a collaborative work. Vancouver-based writer Amber Dawn and musician Ben Brown will be presenting their collaborative work commissioned by Poetry Gabrila for the ENISLING project on Saturday, May 13th at the Roxy.


Amber Dawn is a writer living on unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir won the 2013 Vancouver Book Award. She is the author of the Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa, and editor of the anthologies Fist of the Spider Women: Fear and Queer Desire and With A Rough Tongue. Her newest book Where the words end and my body begins is a collection of glosa form poems. She currently teaches creative writing at Douglas College, the and Simon Fraser University’s The Writers Studio. She is also the director and creative mentor of the Thursdays Writing Collective: www.amberdawnwrites.com

Ben Brown is a Vancouver, BC based musician, composer and teacher. Recent highlights include a 6-month solo tour of Europe where Brown collaborated with Musicians/Dancers and studied privately with master Percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie. As a Drummer, Brown has worked with musicians such as Wilbert De Joode, K-OS, Jill Barber and Dancers Katie Duck. In April 2013 he received a Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album of the year with the group, Pugs and Crows. As a composer, his works for dance and film have been featured at festivals in Toronto, Mexico and Vancouver.  www.benbrownsounds.com