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In this performance, poet Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha will read from new and recent work focused on queer hard femme disabled poetics of color- the intersections of working class femme smarts and survival, crip world, femme on femme of color intimacies and the rebellions and vulnerable strengths found therein. She will also read sections from her new memoir, Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, and be available for a book signing and Q and A afterwards.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer femme sick and disabled Sri Lankan/ Irish/Roma writer, educator and disability and transformative justice organizer. The Lambda and ALA Stonewall Award winning author of Dirty River, Bodymap, Love Cake, Consensual Genocide and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home, she co-founded and co-directed QTPOC performance collective Mangos With Chili from 2005-2015. A lead artist with disability justice performance troupe Sins Invalid, she is currently finishing her new book of essays, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice Culture and book of poetry, Tonguebreaker. brownstargirl.org
This event is part of an Ethics & the Common Good Project artist residency in collaboration with the Five College Queer Gender and Sexuality Conference. We are grateful for the co-sponsorship of the Queer Studies and Feminist Studies departments; the Theatre Program; MOSAIC: The Five College Multicultural Theatre Committee; Community Partnerships for Social Change; the Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center; the Office of Accessibility Services & Resources; the FPR-HC Program for Culture, Brain, and Development.