Dirty River

Dirty River

A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home

Book - 2015
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A transformative memoir by a queer disabled woman of colour and abuse survivor.

Lambda Literary Award and Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction finalist

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 colour 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."

"The LGBTIQ community should lift its ears to receive Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. Her vision stands to rearrange the ways we approach community, creating art, and loving. Every time I've heard her read, I've come away new."―Tara Hardy

Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781551526003
155152600X
Branch Call Number: 306.7663092 PIEPN
Characteristics: 237 pages ; 21 cm

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This passionate and honest memoir shows us how a disabled queer woman of colour found her way through the “dirty river” of her past.


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