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Speaker: Tsering Yangzom Lama, Author and Columbia University MFA Alum
Moderator: Dr. Lauran Hartley, director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia University and co-editor of the book Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change.
Tsering Yangzom Lama (MFA, Columbia University) will discuss and read excerpts from her widely acclaimed debut novel We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022). Her haunting but lyrical work recounts a Tibetan family’s fifty-year journey through exile and their struggles to forge new lives of dignity, love, and hope. Breathtaking in scope and powerfully intimate, We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies is a meditation on colonization, displacement, and the lengths we’ll go to remain connected to our families and ancestral lands.
Tsering Yangzom Lama is a Tibetan writer. She was born and raised in Nepal, and has since lived in Canada and the United States. Tsering earned her MFA in writing from Columbia University and a BA in Creative Writing and International Relations from the University of British Columbia. Tsering’s debut novel is WE MEASURE THE EARTH WITH OUR BODIES, published by Bloomsbury USA and McClelland & Stewart in Canada. Tsering’s writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Malahat Review, Grain,Kenyon Review, Vela, LaLit, and Himal SouthAsian, as well as the anthologies Old Demons New Deities: 21 Short Stories from Tibet; House of Snow: An Anthology of the Greatest Writing About Nepal; and Brave New Play Rites. She is also a co-founder of LhakarDiaries, a leading English-language blog among Tibetan youth in exile. A recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Tsering has been a resident at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Hedgebrook, Willapa Bay AiR, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Lillian E. Smith Center, Art Omi, Catwalk Institute, WildAcres, and Playa Summerlake. She was selected as a 2018 Tin House Novel Scholar.
This event is sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and co-sponsored by the Modern Tibetan Studies Program.