Dirty River

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Pub Date: 11/03/2015

Pages: 240

Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press

Imprint: Arsenal Pulp Press

ISBN 13: 9781551526003

ISBN 10: 155152600X

Price: $18.95 / $24.99 CAN

Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Lesbian Studies

Dirty River

By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Price: $18.95

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About the Book

Lambda Literary Award finalist

In 1996, poet Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha ran away from America with two backpacks and ended up in Canada, where she discovered queer anarchopunk love and revolution, yet remained haunted by the reasons she left home in the first place. This passionate and riveting memoir is a mixtape of dreams and nightmares, of immigration court lineups and queer South Asian dance nights; it reveals how a disabled queer woman of color and abuse survivor navigates the dirty river of the past and, as the subtitle suggests, "dreams her way home."

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's poetry book Love Cake won a Lambda Literary Award.

About the Book

A transformative memoir by a queer disabled brown femme and abuse survivor: an intersectional, tragicomic story told with wild abandon.

Author

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled nonbinary femme writer and cultural worker of Burger/Tamil, Sri Lankan, and Irish/Roma ascent. She is the author of Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, Bodymap, Love Cake, and Consensual Genocide, and is co-editor (with Ching-In Chen and Jai Dulani) of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. A lead artist with the disability justice performance collective Sins Invalid, she teaches, performs and lectures across North America. Raised in Worcester, MA, she divides her time between T’karonto and South Seattle, rooted in rust belt resilience, diasporic aerial roots and dirty water.