2018 Oregon Literary Arts’ Writer of Color Fellow, author, speaker, and teacher Reema Zaman will read from and talk about I Am Yours: A Shared Memoir. Beginning in Bangladesh, moving into Thailand, then New York, and finally, Oregon, I Am Yours is an iconic, definitive book on the female/ human condition. Zaman's personal narrative acts as a backdrop to ask and answer the most pressing universal questions: Why do we wound each other and ourselves? Where does pain begin and live, in the same spot as love? Why do we oppress and overpower when, beneath pigment, all flesh are the same color? And, in this rapidly changing world, what is authentic equality, integrity, and kindness, and how do we put it into practice, amidst genders, family, and one another? “From the first word to the last, this story is phenomenal triumph of one woman's body and voice rising up and through a culture that would quiet her.” —Lidia Yuknavitch
Zaman’s work has been featured in The Guardian, Narratively, The Rumpus, B*tch, VIDA, SHAPE, and The Huffington Post. She was selected as the and serves as serve as Ambassador and Mentor for Girls Inc., Pacific Northwest. Born in Bangladesh, raised in Thailand, and presently residing in Portland, Oregon, she holds a double B.A. in gender studies and theater from Skidmore College.