Dear loved ones,
I hope this email finds you doing totally kickass. 2011 is already exponentially better than 2010 for me. I don't usually send out these giant emails, but I'm writing with a whole bunch of really good news. Here it is:
1. I've signed the contract, and my second book of poetry, Love Cake, will be published by TSAR Publications this fall. I'm super excited about bringing these poems I've been working on and performing for the last five years into the world. TSAR emerged from Toronto South Asian Review and is an independent press committed to publishing diasporic South Asian writers.
I'm planning on touring the book for fall 2011- please get in touch if you're interested in bringing me out, and watch this space for more updates. I could also hella use your help promoting this- so, if you can, write a review, interview me, blog about it, get your course or book club or whatnot to read it. If you're a writer, poet or performer and you want to organize an event together, let me know.
2. April 8-10, 2011
Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty in the Face of Invisibility
Z Space (formerly Theater Artaud)
San Francisco, CA
Join us in celebrating the
5TH ANNUAL SINS INVALID PERFORMANCE
Sins Invalid celebrates the power of embodiment & sexuality, stripping taboos off sexuality and disability to offer a vision of beauty that includes all bodies and communities.
Featuring the world premier of work by artists:
Aurora Levins Morales
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Leroy F. Moore Jr.
This venue is wheelchair accessible. Please note that the Saturday, April 9th, evening performance will be ASL interpreted by Stage Hands and audio described.
In solidarity with loved ones and community members who are chemically injured and would like to attend the show, please refrain from using perfume, cologne and other scented products. Scent-free seating will be available for all three days.
From April 8-10, I'll be premiering a new suite of performances, Crip Sex Moments, as part of Sins Invalid 2011. I've been developing this performance suite for the past year, in collaboration with Ellery Russian, and am very excited to share them with my community. Crip Sex Moments tells stories about, well, crip sex moments- about the searingly hot, the complicated, the hard and the fucking awesome parts of having sex in our sick and disabled bodies.
It's hard for me to sum up how much Sins Invalid means to me. Sins is the only performance collective in the U.S. lead by queer people of color with disabilities that does performance about sick and disabled folks and sex. This year, we are diving deep into eugenics, queer of color disabled freedom fighters, environmental racism, the health care system, beautiful perverse queer sex as a means of survival, and so much more. Seeing Sins three years ago changed my life, my understanding of what was strong, complicated and beautiful about my chronically ill body and others disabled and sick uncontrollable bodies, and made me cry through the entire show. Sins is a cultural space that's kicked off so much disability justice organizing - from Creating Collective Access at the 2010 Allied Media Conference to the Azolla Story and much more.
This past year, due to some Sins' members serious health concerns, we made a totally brave and kick-ass decision to postpone our 2010 show from its regularly scheduled time of October 2010. This was disability justice in action- instead of sucking it up and pretending everything was fine while breaking our bodies, we actually stopped the show and made it work for us.
This is awesome. However, we want to make sure folks still know the show is happening! What that means is: buy your tickets in advance here if you can- advance tickets help us fund our huge, high quality, beautiful show: If you're broke, please know that no one will ever be turned away from a Sins show for lack of ability to pay. Please bring your fam, spread the word, put out postcards where you work and hang out, and blog and post about the show. You do not want to miss this indescribable, world changing performance.
3. And finally, at long last: The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities, the book I have been working on for the past six years with Ching-In Chen and Jai Dulani, is coming out on South End Press in a couple months! This book has been a beautiful marathon of work- six years of conference calls, and much evolution from when we thought we were just going to do a little zine. (And for the zine, go here: http://incite-national.org/index.php?s=114) With over 250 pages of testimony from individuals and collectives working to transform violence and abuse without using the cops or the courts, it's an amazing resource for and testimony about the world we're building. You can pre-order the book at the link on the book above, and again, please hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to bring us to your university, bookstore or community.
4. Last thing: I'm the track coordinator for the Growing Safer Communities track of the 2011 Allied Media Conference. The AMC is the best conference in the world- a grassroots queer feminist of color lovefest that looks a lot like the new world we're building. This year we have 19 fabulous tracks, including Disability Justice: Creating Wholeness, Media in our Bodies: Dance and Performance, Yalla! Media Strategies to End Israeli Apartheid and Science Fictions: Imagining What's Possible, and so much more. See everything here: http://alliedmedia.org/amc2011/program/amc2011-tracks. You have til March 15 to propose a session; please think about bringing some of your brilliance to Detroit, where there is so much,
5. My mind is on: freedom in Africa and Southwest Asia and all our homelands, no gang injunction in Oakland (go to http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=190415580990465 for the week of actions against the proposed injunction), and what we're building for and with each other.
love to all of you,
as of september 2010, I'm committing to post one new piece a week (disability and travel may remix this intention.) all this work is shared under a Creative Commons license- credit if you share, no commercial use allowed.
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