Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Leah (she/they) is a nonbinary femme disabled writer, performance artist and disability and transformative justice movement worker of Burgher and Tamil Sri Lankan, Irish and Galician/Roma ascent.
They are the author or co-editor of ten books, including The Future Is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes and Mourning Songs, (with Ejeris Dixon) Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement, Tonguebreaker, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, and Bodymap.
A Lambda Award winner who has been shortlisted for the Publishing Triangle five times, she is winner of Lambda’s 2020 Jean Cordova Award “honoring a lifetime of work documenting the complexities of queer of color/ disabled/ femme experience,” as well as being a 2020 Disability Futures Fellow.
Since 2009, they have been a lead performer with disability justice performance collective Sins Invalid. They are on the programming committee of the Disability and Intersectionality Summit and co-founded the performance collectives Mangos With Chili and Performance/Disability/Art.
Raised in rust belt central Massachusetts and shaped by T'karonto and Oakland, Leah is currently at work building Cripple Creek Farm, a disability justice homespace and accessible retreat for disabled BIPOC creators. They are a haggard porch and couch witch and a very unprofessional adaptive trike rider.