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Letters Lived

Radical Reflections, Revolutionary Paths

contributions by Rozena Maart; Kit Wilson-Yang; Lee Maracle; Cristy C. Road; Nina Power; Victoria B. Robinson; Juliet Jacques; Rae Spoon; Elisha Lim; Shea Howell; Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha; Selma James & Coco Riot, by Sheila Sampath, foreword by Grace Lee Boggs

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girls & women, social activists, body, mind & spirit
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Letters Lived: Radical reflections revolutionary paths features a diverse group of international and cross-generational social justice activists who share the incredible journeys they have taken since their teen years—and what they wish they could have known back then.How do we learn to trust and love ourselves, as well as navigate our bodies, families, identities and communities? These candid, powerful and relatable letters engage the personal and the political as we grow: whether combating social injustice, reconciling racial and cultural backgrounds, sexualities and genders, or the process of building strong communities.Edited by activist and educator Sheila Sampath, Letters Lived reminds us that even though it isn’t always easy, we all have the power to shape our world.

About the Authors
Rozena Maart is s professor of Gender Studies and Director at the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity at the University of Kwa Zulua Natal, in Durban, South Africa. Born in District Six, Cape Town, she was nominated for the "Woman of the Year" award at age 24 for her work in the area of violence against women, and for co-founding, the first Black feminist organization in South Africa, Women Against Repression [W.A.R.]. Rozena has published several journal articles and essays and three books including the award-winning Rosa's District Six, and The Writing Circle.
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Kit Wilson-Yang is a Toronto-based musician, writer and artist, who creates work about colonization, heartbreak, friendship and being a transwoman in the world. Her most recent zine, ancient land, new water is a collection of stories and poems about her personal experiences of transition.
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Lee Maracle is a member of the Sto:Lo nation. She was born in Vancouver and grew up on the North Shore. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ravensong and Daughters Are Forever. Her novel for young adults, Will’s Garden was well-received and is taught in schools. She has also published on book of poetry, Bent Box, and a work of creative non-fiction, I Am Woman. She is the co-editor of a number of anthologies, including the award winning anthology My Home As I Remember and Telling It: Women and Language across Culture. Her work has been published in anthologies and scholarly journals worldwide. The mother of four and grandmother of seven, Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto, the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s House, and instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and the S.A.G.E. (Support for Aboriginal Graduate Education). She is also a writing instructor at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2009, Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University. Maracle recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among Aboriginal Youth, and is 2014 finalist for the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington.
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Cristy C. Road is a Brooklyn-based Cuban-American illustrator and writer who’s been contributing to queer arts, punk, writing, & activism since 1996. Road published a zine, Greenzine for ten years, and has released three books: Indestructible, Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick and Bad Habits. Her most recent work is a graphic memoir entitled Spit and Passion. She’s currently developing a tarot deck with author Michelle Tea, and playing with her punk rock band The Homewreckers.
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Sheila Sampath is a Toronto-based designer and educator who has spent the last decade crafting creative for social good. She is the Principal and Creative Director at The Public, Editorial and Art Director of Shameless Magazine and teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Sheila is a member of the British Council’s TN2020 network, a fellow of the Royal Society of Artists and has facilitated workshops and given lectures in strategic design, radical art and independent media internationally. She practices activism is all that she does and feels lucky to do it. Learn more about her work at thepublicstudio.ca and shamelessmag.com.
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Nina Power teaches Philosophy at Roehampton University and Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art. She is the author of One-Dimensional Woman and a number of articles on European Philosophy. She is currently working on a book about the collective subject.
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Victoria B. Robinson is a Black German activist, poet, author, academic, empowerment and creativity coach & curator. She has published four books and her writing, which often deals with her experiences with racism in Germany, has been published in a number books, anthologies, magazines and performed on stages. She contributed to the exhibition "Homestory Deutschland - Black Biographies in History and the Present " which has been touring through Europe and the African continent. Victoria is a founding member of the Black European Women's Council, and Oakland Ink, and the founder of ISD SiSTARS, a German Black women's initiative.
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Juliet Jacques is a freelance writer who covers gender, sexuality, literature, film, art and sport. Her journalism and short fiction has appeared in The Guardian, The New Statesman, TimeOut, The London Magazine among others, and her Transgender Journey column for The Guardian, documenting her gender reassignment process, was longlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2011. She is currently working on a memoir and a volume of transgender history.
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Rae Spoon

Rae Spoon is a transgender musician/writer/workshop facilitator originally from Calgary. Rae has been nominated for a Polaris Prize, toured internationally, and released six solo albums. Rae is the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist First Spring Grass Fire (2012), and co-author (with Ivan E. Coyote) of Gender Failure (2014). Rae was also featured in the Arsenal Pulp anthology Persistence and composed the instrumental score for the National Film Board film Dead Man. Rae is the subject of a National Film Board documentary entitled My Prairie Home (2013), which screened at film festivals internationally, including the Sundance 2014 Film Festival. They have also composed scores for films that have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and Vancouver International Film Festival. Rae lives in Victoria, BC with their partner, Kendra Marks.

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Elisha Lim is an artist and activist who demands radical change and anti-oppressive justice. Their comics have been acclaimed by Alison Bechdel and Shary Boyle and their films circulate LGBTQ film festivals around the world, but their proudest accomplishments have been group efforts: like making Xtra! Canada’s Gay and Lesbian Newspaper adopt gender neutral pronouns, and directing Montréal's first racialized pride week.
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Shea Howell is an activist, organizer, writer and professor of Communication at Oakland University. She is the author of Reflections of Ourselves on women, politics and media and co-author of The Subjective Side of Politics and Patterns of Power. She has worked with a number of organizations including the National Organization for an American Revolution and, SOSAD (Save our Sons and Daughters), WEPROS (We the People Reclaim Our Streets) and the Triangle Foundation, and is a co-founder of Detroit Summer and the BCNCL (James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership). Shea is a contributing writer for Between the Lines, and continues to work with youth and artists for community-based development.
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Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer and performer of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. Her most recent book Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice will be published in the fall of 2018, and her latest poetry book Tonguebreaker is forthcoming in 2019. Her memoir Dirty River was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a Publishing Triangle Award (Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction). She is also author of the poetry books Bodymap and Love Cake (Lambda Literary Award winner) and Consensual Genocide, and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. She is the co-founder of Mangos With Chili, North America's touring queer and trans people of colour cabaret, and is a lead artist with the disability justice incubator Sins Invalid.

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Selma James is an anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist campaigner and author. Selma coined the word "unwaged" to describe most of the caring work women do and in 1972 she founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign. In 2000 she helped launch the Global Women's Strike, which she continues to coordinate. She was the first spokeswoman of the English Collective of Prostitutes, a founding member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, and has worked alongside CLR James for the movement for Caribbean federation and independence. She is the co-author the women’s movement classic The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community. Selma continues to lecture internationally.
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Grace Lee Boggs is an activist, writer and speaker whose more than sixty years of political involvement encompass the major U.S. social movements of this century: Labor, Civil rights, Black Power, Asian American, Women's and Environmental Justice. Grace has worked side-by-side with West Indian Marxist historian C.L.R.James and her late husband James Boggs, an African-American labor activist, writer and strategist. She is a co-founder of Detroit Summer and currently works with the Detroit City of Hope campaign and the Beloved Communities Initiative and writes for the weekly Michigan Citizen. She is the author of Living for Change and co-author of Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century and The Next American Revolution. She has been awarded a number of honorary doctorates for her philosophic activism.
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Coco Guzman (aka Coco Riot) is a visual artist and zine-maker. They are the author of many zines including Llueven Queers, a graphic novel on queer life in Spanish. Their installation, Genderpoo, has been shown and used by activists in South America, Europe, USA and Canada and their most recent piece, Los Fantasmas, reflects on and honours silenced histories in Spain. Coco’s drawings have been published in Shameless, Bitch, Pikara, Art Actuel and .dpi and their murals can be found in museums, community centres, schools, events spaces and living rooms around the world.
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