Third Córdova Prize Awarded by Lambda Literary
Lambda Literary announced Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha as the winner of the 2020 Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction. The award is given to lesbian/queer-identified women and trans/gender non-conforming nonfiction authors committed to capturing the depth and complexity of lesbian/queer life, culture, and/or history.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer, cultural worker, and educator of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. They are the author of Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home (Arsenal Pulp) among other works.
The award was established in 2018 and includes a cash prize of $2,500. Previous winners are Karen Tongson (2019) and Melissa Febos (2018).