Queering Disability: Dialogue and Change at the Intersections
Monday, October 21, 2019
Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center
2019 Keynote Speaker: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA is a queer disabled femme writer and disability justice movement worker of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. The Lambda award winning author of Tonguebreaker, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice , Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, Bodymap, Love Cake, and Consensual Genocide, and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities, they are a lead artist with disability justice performance collective Sins Invalid. Her writing has been widely published, with recent work in PBS Newshour, Poets.org's Poetry and the Body folio, The Deaf Poets Society, Bitch, Self, TruthOut and The Body is Not an Apology. She is a VONA Fellow and holds an MFA from Mills College. She is also a rust belt poet, a Sri Lankan with a white mom, a femme over 40, a grassroots intellectual, a survivor who is hard to kill.