Shantha:

As part of Psyren’s Call, you’ve written poetry addressing sex work…




Violet:

Those are set to be published in a bulk project that's coming out in 2023, but I've written others as well. “Ghost Girl” and “Half-Life” were the first, but they're darker and more somber; “Mr. John” and “Gone to the Dogs” are more of the saucy, feministy pieces. Daze and I found there is very little written by sex workers in Newfoundland or Labrador in the literary canon, so we felt it was our duty to start creating these histories and lay a foundational groundwork for that work to exist here, in the spirit of Page and Arsenault. Those poems are quite old in my catalogue, but they’re still extraordinarily relevant today, as sex trade hasn't really changed all that much, or changed for the better as economic stratification has occurred in this province.

As a person with disabilities, I didn't have any infrastructural support as an artist 


I originally wrote and performed them, during the second leg of transversing, an all trans theatrical poetry show, directed by Bernie Stapleton and Sharon King Campbell. They gave us the opportunity to share our stories however we wanted, no censorship. I took it upon myself to be really, bold and brazen and write about sex work, which was my lived experience at that time. As a person with disabilities, I didn't have any infrastructural support as an artist. I'd never received a grant or had a residency up to that point. Sex work was my life, everything that kept me alive and kept me staying right in terms of economics and financials—I may as well be honest about it.