Poetry. LGBT Studies. Asian American Studies. In these poems, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores how queer people of color resist and transform violence through love and desire. Remembering and testifying about the damage caused by the racial profiling of South Asian and Arab people post 9/11, border crossings and internal and external wars in Sri Lanka and the diaspora, LOVE CAKE also documents the persistence of survival and beauty—especially the dangerous beauty found in queer people of color loving and desiring. LOVE CAKE maps the joys and challenges of reclaiming the body and sexuality after violence, examining a family history of violence with compassion and celebrating the resilient, specific ways we create new families, take our bodies back, love, fight, and transform violence.
author site24th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winnerfor Lesbian Poetry
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is the author of two poetry collections published by TSAR Publications, LOVE CAKE (2011), winner of the Lambda Award, and BODYMAP (2015). Her poems have appeared in Prism International, SAMAR, Jaggery, glittertongue, AS:US, Locked Horn, Nepatlera, and 580 Split. She's also performed at NYU Pride Week, Carleton University, Ottawa, University of Toronto, and gave keynote performance at UC Riverside's TABLA conference of queer and trans students. She continues to tour and perform widely. In 2013, she was named one of the Autostraddle Alternative Hot Queer 105.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA