Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home


By Leah Lakshmi Piepnza-Samarasinha

In 1996, poet Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, carrying only two backpacks, caught a Greyhound bus in America and ran away to Canada. She ended up in Toronto, where she was welcomed by a community of queer punks of colour offering promises of love and revolution, yet she remained haunted by the reasons she left home in the first place. This passionate, riveting memoir is a mixtape of dreams and nightmares, of immigration court lineups and queer South Asian dance nights; it is an intensely personal road map and an intersectional, tragicomic tale that reveals how a disabled queer woman of colour and abuse survivor navigates the dirty river of the not-so-distant past and, as the subtitle suggests, "dreams her way home."

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (Sept. 29 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1551526003
Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 20.1 cm