My Body Is the Ocean: a coast-to-coast virtual book-tour of ZOM-FAM

Join Kama La Mackerel, the poet behind the debut lyric poetry collection ZOM-FAM, for their virtual cross-continental book tour!

Links will be updated on event pages and below.

Closed captioning will be included for most events. Please support the local bookseller hosts by getting a copy of the book through them. Please contact Metonymy Press with any accessibility requests or questions about events.


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, ZOM-FAM (meaning “man-woman” or “transgender” 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.


Monday, November 16
7 pm AST
Venus Envy Bookstore with Francesca Ekwuyazi on Zoom and Facebook live
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Tuesday, November 17
7 pm EST
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Zoom and Instagram and Facebook livestreams
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Thursday, November 19
6 pm EST
Spectrum Center, Student Life
Keynote Speaker for Transgender Awareness Week on Zoom

Friday, November 20
7 pm EST
Another Story Bookshop with jes sachse and Kai Cheng Thom on Zoom and YouTube livestream
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Wednesday, November 25
7 pm EST
Carleton University Art Gallery & Venus Envy with Cara Tierney on Zoom and Facebook live

Thursday, November 26
7 pm MST
Shelf Life Books & Glass Bookshop with Vivek Shraya on Zoom


Thursday, December 1
7 pm PST (tbc)
Massy Books & Massy Arts Foundation
with Jillian Christmas on Zoom

Wednesday, December 2
7 pm CST
McNally Robinson Booksellers with Jenny Heijun Wills