An Anthology of Sex Workers' Poetry
In this trailblazing anthology, more than fifty self-identified sex workers from all walks of the industry (survival and trade, past and present) explore their lived experience through the expressive nuance and beauty of poetry. In a variety of forms ranging from lyrics to list poems to found poetry to hybrid works, these authors express themselves with the complexity, agency, and honesty that sex workers are rarely afforded. Contributors from Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia include Gregory Scofield, Tracy Quan, Summer Wright, and Akira the Hustler. As an antidote to the invasive and often biased media depictions of sex workers, Hustling Verse is a fiercely groundbreaking exploration of intimacy, transactional sex, identity, healing, and resilience.
Includes a foreword by Mercedes Eng, whose poetry book Prison Industrial Complex Explodes (Talonbooks) won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2018.
Hustling Verse centers the voices of sex workers who are often the most marginalized -- street workers, migrants, youth, people of color, abuse survivors -- trans, queer, male, female, fluid in life and love. Trauma is a given -- not because of sex work, but because of the world. The pain is here, and so is the pleasure, the intoxication, the camaraderie, that hilarious story you need to tell someone before you crack up. With so much scathing insight into human behavior, Hustling Verse is not just about sex work, but about sexual possibility and self-determination for everyone. -Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of Sketchtasy