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Rae Spoon

Musician and Author

With a voice as big as the prairie sky, transgender musician and author Rae Spoon has a story like no other. My Prairie Home, Rae Spoon’s latest album, explores the meaning of home when it is no longer a place one can return to. My Prairie Home also serves as the score and soundtrack to the National Film Board musical documentary of the same name. The film, directed by Chelsea McMullan, premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and is an official selection for Sundance 2014. In this film Rae brings the audience into an autobiographical musical about surviving in an evangelical Christian family in Calgary, Canada.
Rae Spoon began as a country artist and later added experimental and electronic elements into their music. They have released seven solo albums and three collaborative albums over the past ten years, and have toured extensively in Canada, the USA, Australia, and Europe. Rae has been nominated for the Polaris Prize, CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards, and the Galaxy Rising Star Award.
Rae’s first book, First Spring Grass Fire, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in September 2012. The book was a finalist for a Lambda Award in the transgender fiction category, and was shortlisted for an Expozine Alternative Press Award. Their second book, titled Gender Failure and written in collaboration with Ivan Coyote, will be published in April 2014.

website: www.raespoon.com
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Rae Spoon

Explaining My Gender to a Calgary Talk Radio Station

I recently ended up on a talk radio show based in my hometown of Calgary. "Is this Rae Spoon?" asked the interviewer. "Yes, it is," I replied. "And you are transgender, right?" "Yes, I am." "And we're supposed to use a different word for you?"...In over 10 years, through the hundreds of interviews I'd done with people firing questions at me about being transgender, I had always tried to avoid answering the ones that sounded like they were something off of Jerry Springer.
04/02/2014 06:27 EDT
Rae Spoon

I Grew Up Trans on the Prairies, Now My Story's at Sundance

When director Chelsea McMullan first approached me with the idea of making a documentary about my life, I assumed it would remain mostly in the present tense. I envisioned a few interviews about what it's like to be a transgender singer. I'm proud to have stumbled my way into being in one of these films, and I hope that it can perhaps provide a window for those who are trapped in places that don't accept them, and who need to hear stories about making it out.
01/16/2014 05:26 EST