Blackgirl On Mars; Lesley-Ann Brown

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Blackgirl on Mars is a radical memoir that chronicles author, educator and activist Lesley-Ann Brown's two years' worth of travel searching for "home".

As she travels across the US during the Black Lives Matter protests and Covid-19 pandemic and then to Trinidad and Tobago to attend the funeral of her grandmother, Brown tells her own life-story, as well as writing about race, gender, sexuality, and education, and ideas of home, family and healing.

Both a radical political manifesto and a moving memoir about finding your place in the world, Blackgirl on Mars is about what it means to be a Black and Indigenous woman in Europe and the Americas in the twenty-first century.

February 14, 2023


About the Author

Lesley-Ann Brown is a Caribbean-American writer born in Brooklyn with roots in Trinidad and Tobago.

She studied Writing and Literature at Eugene Lang College at the New School in New York City. During the 90s, she worked in NYC publishing and freelanced for various publications such as the Source and Vibe magazines.

In 1999 she moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, to become a mother. She began organizing poetry events and freelanced for NBCBLK.

blackgirlonmars, her blog that chronicled her life in Denmark, was a pioneer in the blogosphere. She is the founder of Bandit Queen Press (how to make books in your kitchen), where she conducts writing workshops around. She has undertaken Bandit Queen Press workshops at the Royal Danish Art Academy, as well as in Finland and the US. Brown is also a TEDx speaker.

Her work has been published in the US, Europe, and Latin America. She is the author of Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to her European Son, her debut.

Lesley-Ann Brown is interested in how modernity has ruptured familial memories and bonds. She is interested in the land and the stories that it holds. In her upcoming publication, “Blackgirl on Mars,” she examines the current global mental health crisis and how it relates to “civilization,”; the project of modernity and healing, among other issues.

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