Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home (Paperback)
Lambda Literary Award finalist
In 1996, poet Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha ran away from America with two backpacks and ended up in Canada, where she discovered queer anarchopunk love and revolution, yet remained haunted by the reasons she left home in the first place. This passionate and riveting memoir is a mixtape of dreams and nightmares, of immigration court lineups and queer South Asian dance nights; it reveals how a disabled queer woman of color and abuse survivor navigates the dirty river of the past and, as the subtitle suggests, "dreams her way home."
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's poetry book Love Cake won a Lambda Literary Award.
About the Author
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer and performer of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. She is the author of the poetry collections Love Cake and Consensual Genocide and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home.