Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
One of the most vital writerly voices at work here in Seattle and beyond, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarashina, does this virtual program, co-presented with our friends at The Seattle Public Library, for their newest book, The Future is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes, and Mourning Songs (Arsenal Pulp). A ‘mixed-blood, middle-aged, nonbinary femme disabled and autistic writer, disability and transformative justice cultural and movement worker of Burgher and Tamil Sri Lankan, Irish and Galician ascent’, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Sarasinha is the author and/or coed-editor of nine previous books.
“The Future is Disabled moves us past disability as an identity category, or awareness of disability justice as an anti-oppression check mark. By addressing her beloved community on her own terms, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha teaches us that disability justice is a possible world that already exists, full of the love we deserve and the complexity we already embody.” - Alexis Pauline Gumbs.
“Groundbreaking, hilarious, and brilliantly written, this book is a vital manual for navigating disabled grief, joy, and survival in pandemic times. If you need advice on how to crip mutual aid, how to make revolutionary disabled art, or how to make some really good chicken soup, this book has you covered. The Future is Disabled cements Piepzna-Samarasinha's status as one of the most important disability thinkers of our generation. They make the disabled future absolutely irresistible.” -Jina B. Kim.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s previous books, written and co-edited, include Beyond Survival (with Ejeris Dixon), Tonguebreaker, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Dirty River, and Bodymap.
Co-presented by The Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company.