Please join us for a very special evening with two incredible and inspiring contributors to Letters Lived: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Rozena Maart!
Leah and Rozena will be reading from their contributions to Letters Lived and sharing conversation with Editor Sheila Sampath.
About Leah: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is an award-winning queer femme mixed Sri Lankan (Burgher/Tamil)-Ukrainian/Irish writer, poet, educator and cultural worker. She is the author of Love Cake and Consensual Genocide and the co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. She a co-founder of Toronto's Asian Arts Freedom School and Mangos With Chili a lead artist with Sins Invalid. She is currently finishing Dirty River, a memoir, Writing the World, a radical queer of color writers' manual and Homegirl City, a graphic novel.
Rozena Maart is a professor of Gender Studies and Director at the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity at the University of Kwa Zulua Natal in Durban, South Africa. Born in District Six, Cape Town, she was nominated for the “Woman of the Year” award at age 24 for her work in the area of violence against women and for co-founding the first Black feminist organization in South Africa, Women Against Repression [W.A.R.]. Rozena has published several journal articles and essays and three books, including the award-winning Rosa’s District Six and The Writing Circle.
About Letters Lived:
Letters Lived: Radical reflections revolutionary paths features letters written by a diverse group of international and cross-generational social justice activists to their teen selves. In these letters, they reflect on the incredible journeys they have taken since their teens—and what they wish they could have known back then.
How do we learn to trust and love ourselves, as well as navigate our bodies, families, identities and communities? These candid, powerful and relatable letters engage the personal and the political as we grow: whether combating social injustice, reconciling racial and cultural backgrounds, sexualities and genders, or building strong communities.
Find out more at http://threeoclockpress.com/titles/letters-lived
Details about Venue, Lula Lounge's, accessibility (from their website):
While Lula Lounge isn't 100% wheelchair accessible we are quite successful at accommodating most people's special needs.
Lula Lounge is located at street level and there are no steps to the front door.
There is one step down into the main room, past the foyer and VIP lounge and we do have a portable ramp for this step.
We have 4 dining areas at Lula Lounge - the VIP lounge, the east wing, the west wing and the dancefloor (on non-dance music nights). The VIP lounge is street level with no steps to enter. The east wing has one step up, and our portable ramp fits this step. The west wing has 2 steps up and we do not have a ramp for these steps. And there is one step down to access the dancefloor, and our ramp fits this step.
The ladies' restroom is located off the foyer and has no steps. Unfortuantely, our stalls are not large enough to be deemed accessible, so a helping hand may be required.
The men's room is located on the second floor and a stairwell of approx. 20 steps leads up to it.
Our staff is always available to help those who have difficulty accessing any areas of the building upon request.
Service animals, with valid identification, are allowed into Lula Lounge.
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