Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Author)
September 30, 2011
5.4 X 0.4 X 8.2 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a Worcester-raised, Toronto-matured, Oakland-based queer Sri Lankan writer, performer, and teacher. She is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Mangos With Chili, North America's only touring cabaret of queer and trans people of colour performing artists. She is a commissioned performer with Sins Invalid, the national performance organization of queer people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Her onewoman show, Grown Woman Show, has toured throughout North America. The author of Consensual Genocide, her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies. She writes regularly for Bitch, Colorlines, Hyphen, Left Turn and Make/Shift magazines. The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities, which she co-edited with Ching-In Chen and Jai Dulani, will be published by South End Press in March 2011. She is one of Feminist Press's 2010 "40 Feminists Under 40 Who Are Shaping the Future" and a 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee.
"If you haven't read any of Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha's incredible feminist essays, you're missing out. Her poetry is as unflinchingly political as her non fiction, but it also touches on the more personal territory of her life as a queer disabled femme Sri Lankan artist." --Bitch Magazine "Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Love Cake is a book I want to carry with me when I need to remember my body, to remember our ancestors, to rebuild home. Leah's poems are rebel songs and love songs that bear witness and fight back. Love Cake is as miraculous, as mean, as stunning as every queer brown girl who survives." Qwo-Li Driskill, author of Walking with Ghosts: Poems