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An evening of Letters Lived with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha and Rozena Maart in conversation with Sheila Sampath

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:
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.

About Rozena:
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.
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