Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | April 8, 2012

April 9, 2012 Host Amy Jester interviews Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha on intimate partner violence in activist communities, Take Back the Night, and her work as a poet and activist


Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha will be the keynote speaker at Humboldt State University’s Take Back the Night on April 10. Leah 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, her work has appeared in many anthologies including Yes Means Yes, Visible: A Femmethology, Colonize This!, Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme,  and Dangerous Families. Leah’s second book of poetry, Love Cake, was published in 2011.

She is a lead artists with Sins Invalid, a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized.

Leah is also a lecturer and Artist in Residence, June Jordan’s Poetry for the People at UC Berkely and in 2010 she was named one of Feminist Press’ 40 Feminists Under 40 Shaping the Future.

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