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A small town girl leaves her troubled family and starts strippingwhich introduces her to a community that keeps her sober and saves her lifebut a rollercoaster lifestyle ensues. She gets drugged, does enema shows, and unionizes the club. When she tries to quit and go to graduate school, her mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Broke and broken, she returns to sex work, which leads to her arrest and a new resilience. Spent is a memoir about a woman’s journey through the sex industry, but it’s also a story of family, community, and our constant struggle against loneliness.
Antonia Crane is an adult dancer and performer whose work has been published in The Rumpus,Black Clock,ZYZZYVA,Slake,Smith Magazine, and The Los Angeles Review. She received her MFA in creative writing at Antioch University and lives in Los Angeles.