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Dec 01 2020
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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

ZOM-FAM Book Launch (Online)

Massy Arts Society and Metonymy Press are pleased to invite you to a special virtual book launch for Montreal-based Mauritian-Canadian poet Kama La Mackerel’s debut collection ๐˜ก๐˜–๐˜”-๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜”. La Mackerel will be joined by author Jillian Christmas in this Vancouver event of a cross-country tour. โฃ

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In their debut poetry collection, Kama La Mackerel mythologizes a queer/trans narrative of and for their home island, Mauritius. Composed of expansive lyric poems, ๐˜ก๐˜–๐˜”-๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜” (meaning โ€œman-womanโ€ or โ€œtransgenderโ€ in Mauritian Kreol) is a voyage into the coming of age of a gender-creative child growing up in the 80s and 90s on the plantation island, as they seek vocabularies for loving and honouring their queer/trans self amidst the legacy of colonial silences. Multiply voiced and imbued with complex storytelling, ZOM-FAM showcases a fluid narrative that summons ancestral voices, femme tongues, broken colonial languages, and a tender queer subjectivity, all of which grapple with the legacy of plantation servitude.โฃ
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Striking, vivid, tender, intimate, and political, ๐˜ก๐˜–๐˜”-๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜” is a beautifully wrought journey that articulates a contemporary decolonial poetics and offers a roadmap for colonized and displaced queer and trans voices to (re)imagine themselves into being.โฃ
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๐˜ก๐˜–๐˜”-๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜” is available for purchase through independent bookstore Massy Books, with delivery options available for across Canada and the USA. https://bit.ly/3ewF5k9โฃ
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KAMA LA MACKEREL is a Montreal-based Mauritian-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, educator, community-arts facilitator, and literary translator who works within and across performance, photography, installations, textiles, digital art, and literature. They have exhibited and performed their work internationally and their writing in English, French, and Kreol has appeared in publications both online and in print. They have lived in far-flung places such as Pune, India and Peterborough, Ontario. ๐˜ก๐˜–๐˜”-๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜” is their first book.โฃ
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Kamaโ€™s work has been published in the Lambda Literary Awardโ€“winning anthology ๐˜Ž๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ & ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต: ๐˜˜๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Ž๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜น๐˜บ (2015) and ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ: ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ (2018). Their translation of Kai Cheng Thomโ€™s ๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ฌ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ข was published in French by Eฬditions Dents de Lion in spring 2019 and their co-translation of Vivek Shrayaโ€™s ๐˜โ€™๐˜ฎ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ was published in French by eฬditions du Remue-Meฬnage in winter 2020.โฃ
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JILLIAN CHRISTMAS is a queer, afro-caribbean writer living on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam people (Vancouver, BC), where she works as Speaker Coordinator at Cicely Blain Consulting, Spoken word curator of the Vancouver Writers Fest, and formerly served for six years as artistic director of Verses Festival of Words. She has won numerous Grand Poetry Slam Championship titles and represented both Toronto and Vancouver at eleven national poetry events, notably breaking ground as the first Canadian to perform on the final stage of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She has presented poetry and theory in a multitude of venues including the BC Civil Liberties gala, the SFU 2018 grad conference closing keynote, and numerous panels focused on the intersections of critical race theory and contemporary art. She is the author of ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ (Arsenal Pulp Press 2020).โฃ
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