Artist Spotlight: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Dirty River Girl Gasping For Clean Air - Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-SamarasinhaBy Leroy MooreCommunity Relations Director of Sins InvalidLeah_Lakshmi.2009Swing and sway on Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s lyrical “poetree” while she asks you to look at the ground under your feet and the rivers at your fingers, telling you stories of healing in our senses as a daughter of a Sri Lankan father and an Irish-Ukrainian mother.  Leah, a queer writer, spoken word artist and arts educator, offers her life stories as a way to learn about how we live in our communities, but even more deeply, how we live within our own internalized attitudes and survival practices that sometimes reinforce “isms” and cause dramatic effects on the environment and the unconscious building of institutional barriers.  These life stories and more are a part of Dirty River Girl, written and performed by Leah, at our 4th annual show on October 2 - 4th at the BRAVA Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District (Buy Tickets Now!).Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, like many other working class people of color, lived in a community where the air, water and land outside her home was polluted – creating an environment that was ripe for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, lyme disease, cancer, endometriosis, chemical sensitivities… Today, as the co-founder and co-artistic director of Mangos With Chili, North America’s only touring performance cabaret of queer and trans people of color, Leah is on a mission to help provide performance spaces that share her view on accessibility and the intersecting of identities.  Sins Invalid shares Leah’s vision, and in this spirit we are requesting that our audience members please refrain from using scented products when attending the show – it’s better for us and the planet!Check out her website to order her books and to see what she is up to at http://www.brownstargirl.comSins Invalid is overjoyed that Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha will nourish you on her green fresh poetree this October 2nd-4th at the BRAVA Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District – see you at the theater!