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APAHM 2018 Keynote: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (DICE)


Time: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: U.S. Bank Conference Theater

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer, sick, and disabled non-binary femme writer, educator and cultural worker of Burger/ Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/ Roma ascent. The author of Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home (Publishing Triangle and Lambda Award 2016 finalist, American Library Association Stonewall Award winner 2016), Bodymap (Audre Lorde Poetry Award Finalist, Publishing Triangle), Love Cake (Lambda Award 2012) and Consensual Genocide, she is also co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities.  From 2006-2016, she co-founded and co-directed Mangos With Chili, North America's longest running queer and trans people of color performance art tour, and she co-founded Toronto's Asian Arts Freedom School. She is a lead artist with the disability justice performance collective Sins Invalid, co-founded Toronto' Asian Arts Freedom School and teaches writing online and in person, with a focus on creating liberatory writing spaces by and for sick and disabled QTPOC, survivor and/or femme writers. Her writing focuses on Sri Lankan diaspora, QTPOC communities, femme identities and survivor and disabled visions of freedom.

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here:




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