Cassandra Blanchard was born in Whitehorse, Yukon and is part of the Selkirk First Nation. In 2016 she obtained a Bachelor of Arts at the University of British Columbia. She enjoys reading, music and writing. “Fresh Pack of Smokes” is her first book. She used to live in Vancouver, but now calls Duncan her home.
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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.View playlist