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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.

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