Dirty River (Paperback)
A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home
Arsenal Pulp Press, 9781551526003, 240pp.
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Lambda Literary Award finalist
In 1996, poet Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha ran away from America with two backpacks and ended up in Canada, where she discovered queer anarchopunk love and revolution, yet remained haunted by the reasons she left home in the first place. This passionate and riveting memoir is a mixtape of dreams and nightmares, of immigration court lineups and queer South Asian dance nights; it reveals how a disabled queer woman of color and abuse survivor navigates the dirty river of the past and, as the subtitle suggests, "dreams her way home."
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's poetry book Love Cake won a Lambda Literary Award.