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About the Author
Kama La Mackerel is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, writer, cultural mediator, and literary translator who hails from Mauritius and now lives in Montreal. Their work is grounded in the exploration of justice, love, healing, decoloniality, and self- and collective empowerment. Kama's artistic practice spans across textile, visual, digital, poetic, and performative work, and is at once narrative and theoretical, at once personal and political.
from an ancestral lineage imbued with both suffering and resilience.
--World Literature Today
Kama La Mackerel's ZOM-FAM is a historic and important book-- and a triumph. ZOM-FAM
reminded me of things I needed to remember, and taught me things I needed to know. La Mackerel's re-memory of indentured femme travels across the kala pani to make a home brick by brick, their invocations and re-imaginings of divine Mauritian femme intimacies, secrets, mysteries, their recounting of colonial scars and their telling of the alchemy of their reject are crucially and beautifully told. La Mackerel writes with the whisper and shout of a genius storyteller, words that you won't soon forget.
--Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, author of Tonguebreaker, Dirty River, Care Work, co-editor of Beyond Survival
This is a story about being and becoming, about creating vocabularies for yourself and stepping into them as you would a home. La Mackerel has wrought such a vocabulary for this collection, one that is tender and honest, that defies the boundaries of the English language.
ZOM-FAM is not only a description, it is an exclamation, a word that carries ancestral stories but also shows a way forward.
--The Globe and Mail
Kama subverts the coming of age story into radiant poetry, brimming with ritual, ancestry and
feminine power. ZOM-FAM is the book I've been eagerly waiting for.
--Vivek Shraya, author of even this page is white and I'm Afraid of Men