“Love Cake” & “The Revolution Starts At Home”

Allegra Stout ’12 sends word of these two fabulous events!:

Love Cake (Spoken word and prose performance)
In Love Cake, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores how queer people of colour resist and transform violence through love and desire. Refusing to forget the traumas of post 9/11 Islamophobia, and Sri Lanka’s civil war, Love Cake documents the persistence of survival and beauty—especially the dangerous beauty found in queer people of color’s lives. Piepzna-Samarasinha maps the complicated, luscious joy of reclaiming the body and sexuality after abuse, examines a family history of violence with compassion, and tells the stories that live inside a chronically ill South Asian queer femme’s body. In this 45-60-minute set, Leah will share selections from her dynamic spoken word repertoire, as well as share multimedia theatrical performance and prose.

  • Date: Thursday, November 3rd
  • Time: 8pm-9pm
  • Place: CFA Hall (283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT)
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The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities (Workshop)
In this interactive workshop based on the book “The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities,” we’ll talk about the nitty-gritty issues of partner abuse and sexual assault within our communities and discuss community accountability and transformative justice strategies that can help us walk towards building accountability, justice and violence free zones in our lives. Snacks will be provided. Please email astout AT wesleyan DOT edu with any access needs for the workshop.

  • Date: Friday, November 4rd
  • Time: 4:15pm-5:45pm
  • Place: Vanguard Lounge, Center for African-American Studies ( 343 High Street, Middletown, CT)
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Access Info
We will have scent-free seating and maintain clear laneways for folks who use wheelchairs and other access devices to get into the event. Please do not take flash photography so that folks with epilepsy don’t have seizures, and please do not wear perfumes, colognes or essential oils so that chemically injured community members can attend. We will have scent free soaps in the washrooms (but we cannot guarantee a scent-free space). Both events are free. Please email astout@wesleyan.edu with any access concerns/questions/needs.

All are welcome!

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled Sri Lankan writer, teacher and cultural worker. She is the author of The author of Consensual Genocide and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities (South End, 2011), and her second book of poetry, Love Cake, is forthcoming in fall 2011.

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