Sideshow Concessions is the first book from queer performer and scholar Lucas Crawford. A collection populated by the circus-like bodies and experiences of a narrator navigating rural pasts and urban presents, Sideshow Concessions is the unofficial story of someone who is both a bearded lady and the fattest man in the world.
Lucas Crawford is from rural Nova Scotia and is based in Vancouver. Crawford's poetry has been published widely, including in the Literary Review of Canada, The Antigonish Review, Room, PRISM International, and Best Canadian Poetry (2015). Crawford is the R.W.W. Junior Chair of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University. Transgender Architectonics (2015) is Crawford's book of scholarly essays.
Lucas Crawford is the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowment Lecturer at Simon Fraser University, where he teaches in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. His poetry has appeared in Room, Rampike, PRISM International, The Antigonish Review, SubTerrain online, Other Voices, and The Nashwaak Review, as well as the anthology Between: New Gay Poetry. Crawford's poems won the the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia's Atlantic Writing Competition and are currently nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He's based in Vancouver.
"Sideshow Concessions is fresh, honest, heartbreaking, and funny, with turns of phrase equally intelligent and moving." - Karen Solie
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