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LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA: Crip of Color Made Mutual Aid and Survival Networks in the Triple Pandemic
April 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
A Virtual Performance Lecture
and Co-Sponsored by
UW-Madison’s Gender & Sexuality Campus Center, The Department of Asian American Studies, The Department of English, and 4W
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (she/they) is a queer disabled autistic nonbinary femme writer, educator and disability/transformative justice worker. They are the author or co-editor of nine books, including (with Ejeris Dixon) Beyond Survival: Stories and Strategies from the Transformative Justice Movement, Tonguebreaker, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice and Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home. With Ching-In Chen and Jai Dulani, she co-editedThe Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. They are the 2020 recipient of the Lambda Foundation’s Jeanne Cørdova Prize in Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction, recognizing “a lifetime of work documenting the complexity of queer experience” and a 2020 Ford Foundation Disability Futures Fellow.. Since 2009, she has been a lead artist with the disability justice performance collective Sins Invalid. The co-founder of QTBIPOC performance collective Mangos With Chili and Toronto’s Asian Arts Freedom School, they are a VONA Fellow and hold an MFA from Mills College. Proud to be raised in Worcester, MA, they have called Brooklyn, Oakland and most of all Toronto home, but have been living in South Seattle, Duwamish territories for the last five years.
Virtual Event ***ASL & Closed Captioning Provided