Leah Lakshmi is coming to Hampshire


Monday, October 24, 2011 - 7:00pm

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Monday, October 24, 7pm
Main Lecture Hall
Love Cake

In Love Cake, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores how queer people of color resist and transform violence through love and desire. Refusing to forget the traumas of post 9/11 Islamophobia, and Sri Lanka's civil war, Love Cake documents the persistence of survival and beauty—especially the dangerous beauty found in queer people of color's lives. Piepzna-Samarasinha maps the complicated, luscious joy of reclaiming the body and sexuality after abuse, examines a family history of violence with compassion, and celebrates the beautiful resistance of queer of color love and home making. In this 45-60-minute set, Leah will share selections from her spoken word repertoire from her work with Mangos With Chili and Sins Invalid, as well as share multimedia theatrical performance and prose examining the intersections of race, class, sexuality and disability.

Pushcart Prize nominee Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled Sri Lankan writer, teacher and cultural worker. The author of Consensual Genocide and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities (South End, 2011), her work 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. Her second book of poetry, Love Cake, is forthcoming in fall 2011.