upcoming workshops and performances
Dear loved ones,
Happy almost spring. I just moved back to Toronto from Oakland and went back two months in season. I am missing warmth and blooming fruit trees and ocean, but appreciating my new, lilac painted home office, friends and eastern cedar. It's been a full winter. With Cherry Galettte, I co-coordinated Mangos With Chili on our first tour since 2009, the amazingly successful WHIPPED tour, which took us from unceded Coast Salish Territories to New Orleans. I also kicked off the year by keynoting at UC Riverside's first ever TABLA conference of queer and trans Arab, North African and South Asian students, keynoting and co teaching a disability justice workshop with Eddie Ndopu at Carleton University for Pride Week and teaching a workshop on disabled sacred bodies and art-making as part of the Queer Your Mind disabled youth performance workshop at Tangled: Art+ Disability. Then I came home and packed all my stuff up to move back to Toronto for four months ;)
The day after I arrived, I had the great good fortune to keynote at the Existence is Resistance conference at U of T Scarborough, keynoting and performing alongside, um, world renowned poet Warsan Shire?!?! I didn't know I was going to be sharing a stage with Warsan til the day before, and it was a huge honor to listen to and share magic with her.
Currently, I am working my ass off to finish my third book of poetry, Bodymap, to be published in spring 2015. I'm going to be pushing to get my memoir, Dirty River, out next and to finish Writing the World, the writer's manual I am publishing for AK Press. For breaks, I am also spending a lot of time deciding what kind of moose dish to cook, going to the Value Village a lot and setting up my and my roommate Gesig's home Mik'maw/ Lankan mixed apothecary and making a lot of herbal honey.
And there's still a lot else going on. See below for upcoming performances in the Northwest, the Bay and Toronto, some teasers about my upcoming summer writing workshops and upcoming Allied Media Conference shenanigans and much more magic.
With love and power,
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
brownstargirl.org upcoming performances
April 24-28, University of Oregon/ Eugene, keynoting at Take Back the Night and giving two workshops at the Asian Freedom School Weekend.
May 7 Crip Your World: An Intergalactic Queer/POC Sick and Disabled Extravaganza as part of the Mayworks Festivsl of Working Class Culture
7pm, Palmerston Library Theater, Toronto ON
May 17-24, 2014, I will be the Artist in Residence at the Disability Art and Culture Project, Portland OR. I will be reading at In Other Words Friday, May 16tth, speaking on Saturday March 17th on a On Revolutionary Arts panel at the Center for Intercultural Organizing, and working intensively with a group of sick and disabled artists over the next week to create a performance to be held 5/23 and 5/24.
June 6, 2014 (date tbc),
As part of the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival
Mangos With Chili Proudly Presents:
Blood Story, Bone Memory, Skin Legacy: A Ritual in Corporealities
San Francisco, CA
Queer people of color’s bodies hold oceans of memories. The Atlantic slave trade, Indigenous removal, medical experimentation; love making, revolt, death-defying transformations, creating family, and reclaiming body when all seemed lost. In this production, MWC explores ancestral memory, living legacy, and the sacred moments mapped in blood, bones, and skin.
Finally, keep an eye out- Sins Invalid is in the process of planning our next show! And me and Annah Anti-Palindrome want to go on tour this fall too!