Sideshow Concessions

By Lucas Crawford

Sideshow Concessions
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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 ... Read more


Overview

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

Lucas Crawford, born in Halifax and raised in rural Nova Scotia, is a poet and assistant professor of English literature at the University of New Brunswick. Crawford has published three books, including Sideshow Concessions (Invisible Publishing, 2015), which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and Transgender Architectonics (a scholarly monograph). Crawford lives in Fredericton, NB.

Reviews

“Lucas Crawford’s first book of poetry,  Sideshow Concessions, is a stunner. ” —   Michael Dennis

Sideshow Concessions  is fresh, honest, heartbreaking, and funny, with turns of phrase equally intelligent and moving. ” — Karen Solie

“Like its speaker,  Sideshow Concessions  defies easy characterization—slim enough to carry in your back pocket (I carried mine for weeks), yet with heft enough to warrant multiple readings. These poems are fat, juicy bites of life, rich with experience—not always tender, but never tough. ” —   Plenitude Magazine

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