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Letters Lived
Radical Reflections, Revolutionary Paths
By (author): Sheila Sampath Foreword by: Grace Lee Boggs Contributions by: Rozena Maart Contributions by: Nina Power Contributions by: Rae Spoon Contributions by: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Contributions by: Lee Maracle Contributions by: Coco Riot Contributions by: Cristy C. Road Contributions by: Elisha Lim Contributions by: Juliet Jacques Contributions by: Kit Wilson-Yang Contributions by: Selma James Contributions by: Shea Howell Contributions by: Victoria B. Robinson
9781927513156 Electronic book text, Trade, MobiPocket English Young Adult : Age (years) from 14 - 18, Grade (CAN) from 9 - 21, Reading age from 13 - 21 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists Oct 01, 2013
Forthcoming 5 x 7 x 0.25 in 136 pages Three O'Clock Press
An accessible new collection that reminds us we all have the power to shape the world.

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.

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 and

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.

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.

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.

Rae Spoon is a Montréal-based transgender musician and author. They have toured and performed internationally over the past twelve years. Their book First Spring Grass Fire is a collection of short stories heavily inspired by coming of age queer in Alberta. Their personal essay Femme Cowboy can be found in the 2012 Lambda Literary Award–nominated anthology Persistence. Rae was long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize in 2008 (superioryouareinferior) and nominated for two CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards in 2010. They won the CBC Galaxie Rising Stars award in 2004.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is an award-winning queer femme mixed Sri Lankan (Burgher/Tamil)-Ukrainian/Irish writer, poet, educator and cultural worker. She is the author of Love Cake and Consensual Genocide and the co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. She a co-founder of Toronto's Asian Arts Freedom School and Mangos With Chili a lead artist with Sins Invalid. She is currently finishing Dirty River, a memoir, Writing the World, a radical queer of color writers' manual and Homegirl City, a graphic novel.

Lee Maracle is an award-winning author and instructor, gifted orator, mother, grandmother and a member of the Sto: Loh nation. She has spent much of her time doing healing and cultural reclamation work in Aboriginal communities across Canada. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Sojourner’s and Sundogs, Ravensong, Bobbi Lee, Daughters Are Forever, Will’s Garden, Bent Box, and I Am Woman and co-editor of a number of anthologies including My Home As I Remember, and Telling It: Women and Language across Culture. Maracle is currently, the Traditional Teacher for First Nations House and an instructor in the Aboriginal Studies Program, the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and S.A.G.E. [Support for Aboriginal Graduate Education].

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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