This is a podcast where I interview contemporary poets in trans and gender-variant poetry. We discuss their literary contributions, methods, insights, and lives.
Interview with Kama La Mackerel
This month I got to speak with Kama La Mackerel about their just-released book, ZOM-FAM, published by Metonymy Press. We go in-depth in discussion about their decolonial artistic practices and inspiration for the book.
Kama La Mackerel is a Montreal-based Mauritian-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, educator, writer, community-arts facilitator and literary translator who works within and across performance, photography, installations, textiles, digital art and literature. Kama’s work is grounded in the exploration of justice, love, healing, decoloniality, hybridity, cosmopolitanism and self- and collective-empowerment. They believe that aesthetic practices have the power to build resilience and act as resistance to the status quo, thereby enacting an anticolonial practice through cultural production.
Kama has 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. ZOM-FAM, their debut poetry collection is published by Metonymy Press.
GO BUY ZOM-FAM!
Media, artists, books, etc mentioned in this episode:
Kama will get to perform ZOM-FAM in Montreal this October :) "The Self-Love Cabaret: L’Amour se conjugue à la première personne" "From Thick Skin to Femme Armour," performance Artists who made the ZOM-FAM cover: Kai Yun Ching and Aun Li Kalapani "My Body is the Ocean" project and performance "Breaking the Promise of Tropical Emptiness: Trans Subjectivity in the Postcard" project Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom Disclosure documentary Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian), by Hazel Jane Plante My Art is Killing Me and Other Poems, by Amber Dawn "Explained: How Severe was the Mauritius Oil Spill," article in The Indian Express "Mauritius calls for urgent help to prevent oil spill disaster," article in The Guardian ** Fundraiser to help Mauritian oil spill clean-up ** "Before and after: Satellite images show how lightning complex fires scarred Bay Area landscape" article in The Mercury News "A California fire sparked by a gender reveal party has grown to more than 10,000 acres," an article for CNN. Because we definitely needed another reason to hate gender reveal parties, am I right? ** Donate to Latino Community Foundation's Northern California Wildfires Relief Fund **
The Sound of Waves Breaking: "Ay Ay Lolo" by Menwar
Editor and Social Media Manager: Mitchel Davidovitz
Interview with kiki nicole
In this episode, I spoke with poet kiki nicole about their manuscript, Autobiography of the boi Venus which not published (yet!), their embroidery work, film work, and current interests.
Interview with Như Xuân Nguyễn
Như and I discussed her recent chapbook A System of Satellites and her writing practice, finding dignity as a trans poet, and writing past ingrained fear and doubt.
She also asked me questions. Hear me stumble trying to answer questions about my writing practice and how I approach writing with personal experiences.
Như Xuân Nguyễn is a queer and trans Vietnamese American poet and writer. A Kundiman Fellow and a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Rutgers-Newark, she won the 2018 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship with her debut chapbook A System of Satellites. Her work has appeared in The Offing, DELUGE (Radioactive Moat), The Journal, The Shade Journal, and Juked. She is currently based in New York City, where she lives with her two cats, Arya and Azula.
Buy Như's chapbook
Note: I refer to a NOLA poetry fest panel that is no longer happening due to COVID-19. Wash your hands and stay at home, everyone.
People and Books Mentioned:
Adrian Matejka Cathy Park Hong's Minor Feelings Tracy May Fuad Emily Luan Editor and Social Media Manager: Mitchel Davidovitz
The Sound of Waves Breaking: Lunar Wind, @Walter_Odington
Interview with sung yim
This episode, I got to talk with sung! sung is a writer and interdisciplinary artist from Korea. They are the author of What About the Rest of Your Life (Perfect Day Publishing) and Flowers Are for Pussies (Ghost City Press).
Interview with Zefyr Lisowski
In this episode, I had the opportunity to talk with Zefyr Lisowski about her book Blood Box.
Zefyr Lisowski is a trans and queer writer, artist, and North Carolinian currently living in NYC.
Interview with Cyrée Jarelle Johnson
This episode, I had the chance to speak with Cyrée Jarelle Johnson about their book, SLINGSHOT.
Cyrée Jarelle Johnson (He/They) is a poet and writer from Piscataway, NJ. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Review, Wussy, The Wanderer, Vice, Rewire News, The Root, and Nat. Brut among other publications. They earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University with support from Davis Putter Scholarship Fund.
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thank you for this comfort and all of these thoughts articulating inside of me
Gotta start by saying I downloaded iTunes to write this review because I'm so in love with this show. I have much respect for what Avren is doing in the community. This podcast has helped me immensely in finding new poets and in growing as poet and a writer myself. The conversations are always meaningful and wonderful to listen to. It's a wonderful way to listen to the community.
A Vital Cultural Reference
I suspect this series in time will come to be viewed as a vital cultural reference. Keating demonstrates a level of preparation and knowledge that does great justice to the talented poets with whom they have chose to converse. Warm and empathic yet served by a keen and incisive intellect these interviews serve as a remarkable introduction to the work and thinking of established and up and coming transgender poets. I strongly doubt you will view time listening to this podcast as anything other than time very well spent indeed.