LGBT Center at UC Riverside to Host Disability Justice Workshop and Reading by Queer Sri Lankan Writer and Poet

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha to be at UCR on Tuesday, Nov. 17

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, a Lambda Award- winning queer and disabled Sri Lankan writer and poet, will speak at the University of California, Riverside on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 9 p.m. The workshop and reading will be held at The Barn, and the event is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided all evening.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Photo credit: Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Photo credit: Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes

The event consists of two talks. The first is from 5 to 7 p.m. This will be an interactive workshop, said Nancy Jean Tubbs, the director of the LGBT Resource Center at UC Riverside.

“Participants will have the opportunity to learn, share, and co-create strategies for disability justice movements. Leah will present clips of artwork that centers around folks who are marginalized within mainstream disability rights movements,” she explained.

In the second talk, Piepzna-Samarasinha will read from her book, “Bodymap,” and a new memoir, “Dirty River.” She will explore issues of disability justice, queerness, racial and economic justice, as well as sexual assault/survivor issues.

The venue is wheelchair-accessible. Please arrive scent-free. For more information, contact Nancy Tubbs, nancy.tubbs@ucr.edu or (951) 827-2267.

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