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Consensual Genocide

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

This long-awaited first collection of poetry by queer Sri Lankan writer and spoken-word artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is full of the stories we’ve been waiting for. Tracing bloodlines from Sri Lanka’s civil wars to Brooklyn and Toronto streets, these fierce poems are full of heart and guts, telling raw truths about brown girl border crossings before and after 9/11, surviving abuse, mixed-race journeys and high femme rebellions. Consensual Genocide celebrates our survival and marks our rebel memories into history.

“Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's words leap off the page–urgent, sumptuous writing that demands, and deserves, a wide audience. I'm listening.”
— Anna Camilleri, author of I Am a Red Dress,  editor Red Light and Brazen Femmes

Praise for Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Love Cake:

"If you haven't read any of Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha's incredible feminist essays, you're missing out. Her poetry is as unflinchingly political as her non fiction, but it also touches on the more personal territory of her life as a queer disabled femme Sri Lankan artist."
Bitch Magazine

Winner of the 2012 Lambda Literary Award, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer, teacher and performer of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan, Roma and Irish ascent. The author of Love Cake and Consensual Genocide and the co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities, her writing has been widely anthologized. She is the co-founder of the queer people of color arts incubator Mangos With Chili, a lead artist with Sins Invalid and co-founder of Toronto’s Asian Arts Freedom School. In 2010 she was named one of the Feminist Press’ 40 Feminists Under 40 Shaping the Future. Her first memoir, Dirty River, is forthcoming from Arsenal Pulp Press in fall 2015.  
   
Also by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha:
Bodymap (2015)
poetry
paperback; $18.95
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  Love Cake  (2011)
  poetry
  paperback; $17.95
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Poetry
Paperback ISBN:  978-1-894770-29-3 
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80 pages
Publication Date:  2006

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