community educator, writer, herbalist

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b. 1986, HK.


sumi dutta

community organizer, writer, & herbalist


sumi dutta is a desi (US/India/Bangladesh) feminist organizer, writer, and herbalist. Her work is inspired by feminists of color, politicized somatic healing, and the living world.

She writes a queer love column called love school with sumi which focuses on healthy relationships and self-mastery for a just world.

She teaches dynamic feminist cooking classes which explore the stories, memories, and emotions food holds for us. These are not ‘normal’ cooking classes, but rather healing spaces for folks who are curious about the practical magic of cooking. She also teaches herbalism & cooking classes for youth, with a focus on social change and mental health.

She is an herbalist with a small apothecary in Durham, NC. She offers herbalism classes on making tinctures, salves, extracts, and elixirs in addition to cooking with medicinal herbs. Reconnecting people of color and our queerness to the earth is central to her practice. She studied tropical plant medicine as an apprentice with Wild Ginger Herbal Education Center in Manzanillo, Costa Rica in 2017.

Her cooking pedagogy is published in her Master's thesis, "Spirits in the Food: A Pedagogy for Cooking and Healing" (Georgia State University, 2016).

sumi currently works as a grassroots community organizer with PowerUp NC, an environmental justice organization led by frontline communities. She previously worked as an organizing fellow with Southerners on New Ground in Durham, NC.

CV available upon request.