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Cripping TJ: Survivors as Organizers, Vicarious Trauma and Disability Justice in Transformative Justice

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Center for Advanced Study
Location
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana
Date
Nov 19, 2019   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Cost
Free and open to the public

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled nonbinary femme writer, disability and transformative justice movement worker and educator of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. They are the author of Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Tonguebreaker, Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home (short-listed for the Lambda and Publishing Triangle Awards, ALA Above the Rainbow List), BodymapLove Cake (Lambda Literary Award winner), and Consensual Genocide, and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. They co-edited Beyond Survival: Stories and Strategies from the Transformative Justice Movement, forthcoming in 2020 from AK Press. A lead artist with Sins Invalid, her writing has been widely published, with recent work in Pleasure Activism, Guernica, Herizons, Vice, The Deaf Poets Society, Bitch, Self, TruthOut and The Body is Not an Apology. They are a VONA Fellow and hold 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.

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