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Author Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Lakshmi, 1975- author.

Title Dirty river : a queer femme of color dreaming her way home / Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.

Publication Info. Vancouver, BC, Canada : Arsenal Pulp Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Biographies  B PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA, LEAH P    Check Shelf
Description 237 pages ; 21 cm
Sexual minorities lcdgt
Lesbians lcdgt
Femmes (Lesbians) lcdgt
Women lcdgt
Sri Lankan Americans lcdgt
Sri Lankan Canadians lcdgt
South Asian Americans lcdgt
South Asian Canadians lcdgt
Americans lcdgt
Canadians lcdgt
People with disabilities lcdgt
Contents Preface. Let's get something straight : surviving abuse as choose-your-own-adventure-novel -- Part 1. How I run away. How I run away from America : New York, 1997 -- 1996, summer of love -- Girlbomb -- Running away root -- Some notes about the going away : or, you are a twenty-two-year-old brown slutty girl who thinks maybe you're an incest survivor reading The courage to heal standing up in the bookstore -- Piece of my heart : queer women of color -- The punk kid of color clusterfuck -- A story of a river -- Survivor psychic powers -- Gasoline in the eyes -- Part 2. Going into the sky. The last time I went home for Christmas -- Mom -- A good brother -- June 17, 1997 -- The amethyst room -- Paula : Toronto, 1997 -- The winter you are so broke -- The letter -- Part 3. How to come back. Healing justice mix tape -- Hard times survival dinner no. 1, Toronto 1998 -- Chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome -- Psychiatric survivor movement -- Punk Desi girls -- Funkasia, 1999 -- Dad again -- Not picking up the phone -- Learning to be brown, parts 1-3 -- Changed my name -- Landed -- Part 4. Opening/femme like a fist. Early '90s New York femme memory no. 2 -- Spinster -- Shit calms down -- Precious -- The palace of words -- Feed the ache : 2010 -- The opening -- Mama, three ways -- Multigenerational -- Made it home : 2012 -- Redemption song.
Summary "In 1996, poet Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, carrying only two backpacks, caught a Greyhound bus in America and ran away to Canada. She ended up in Toronto, where she was welcomed by a community of queer punks of color offering promises of love and revolution, yet she remained haunted by the reasons she left home in the first place. This passionate, riveting memoir is a mixtape of dreams and nightmares, of immigration court lineups and queer South Asian dance nights; it is an intensely personal road map and an intersectional, tragicomic tale that reveals how a disabled queer woman of colour and abuse survivor navigates the dirty river of the not-so-distant past and, as the subtitle suggests, "dreams her way home.""--Page 4 of cover.
Form Issued also in electronic format.
Subject Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Lakshmi, 1975-
Lesbians -- Canada -- Biography.
Sexual minority women -- Canada -- Biography.
Minority authors -- Canada -- Biography.
Sexual minority community -- Ontario -- Toronto.
Poets, Canadian -- Biography.
Authors, Canadian -- Biography.
South Asians -- Canada -- Biography.
Poets, Canadian (English) -- 21st century -- Biography.
Authors, Canadian. (OCoLC)fst00821870
Lesbians. (OCoLC)fst00996540
Minority authors. (OCoLC)fst01023307
Poets, Canadian. (OCoLC)fst01067843
Sexual minority community. (OCoLC)fst01910176
Sexual minority women. (OCoLC)fst01748876
South Asians. (OCoLC)fst01127244
Canada. (OCoLC)fst01204310
Ontario -- Toronto. (OCoLC)fst01205798
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBT Studies / Lesbian Studies.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Autobiographies. (OCoLC)fst01919894
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Other Form: Online version: Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Lakshmi, 1975- Dirty river. Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015 9781551526010 (OCoLC)913176293
ISBN 9781551526003 (paperback)
155152600X (paperback)
9781551526010 (electronic publication)
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