Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. Pushcart Prize and Lambda Award nominee Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer chronically ill Sri Lankan writer, teacher and cultural worker. The author of Consensual Genocide (TSAR 2006)and Love Cake (TSAR 2011) and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities (South End, 2011), her work examines queer of color lives, decolonization, disability and the process of surviving and transforming abuse and violence. Her writing has appeared in the anthologies Persistence: Still Butch and Femme, Yes Means Yes, Visible: A Femmethology, Homelands, Colonize This, We Don’t Need Another Wave, Bitchfest, Without a Net, Dangerous Families, Brazen Femme, Femme and A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over The World. She co-founded Mangos With Chili, North America’s only turing queer and trans people of color performance collective.
She also co founded Toronto’s Asian Arts Freedom School with Gein Wong in 2004, a radical Asian/Pacific Islander history, activism, writing and performance school for Toronto area Asian /Pacific Islander youth that has given. From 2002-2007 she taught writing to queer, trans and Two Spirit youth at Pink Ink, Supporting Our Youth Toronto’s queer youth writing program, with an emphasis on writing as a tool for healing, decolonization and liberation. In 2004, she won the City of Toronto Community Service to Youth Award for this work. Currently, she divides her time between Toronto and Oakland, CA, where she is a lead artist with Sins Invalid (www.sinsinvalidorg) a performance collective of queer and trans people of color with disabilities creating work about sexuality, and has taught with UC Berkeley’s June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. Her heart lives in Oakland, Toronto, the central Massachusetts rust belt and the liberated Sri Lanka of her decolonial queer of color dreams. www.brownstargirl.org
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