A soaring, sensual coming-of-age novel, by the legendary 'Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet'.
Audre Lorde was a writer, feminist and civil rights activist - or, as she famously put it, 'Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet'. Born in New York in 1934, she had her first poem published while she was still in high school. After stints as a factory worker, ghost writer, social worker, X-ray technician, medical clerk, and arts and crafts supervisor, she became a librarian in Manhattan and gradually rose to prominence as a poet, essayist and speaker, anthologised by Langston Hughes, lauded by Adrienne Rich, and befriended by James Baldwin. She was made Poet Laureate of New York State in 1991, when she was awarded the Walt Whitman prize; she was also awarded honorary doctorates from Hunter, Oberlin and Haverford colleges. She died of cancer in 1992, aged 58.
I came across Audre Lorde's Zami, and I cried to think how
lucky I was to have found her. She was an inspiration. At last I
felt I fitted in. -- Jackie Kay
Excellent and evocative... personal honesty and lack of pretentiousness shine through the writing. Her experiences are painted with exquisite imagery * The New York Times *
Zami is important because of its descriptions of growing up a black lesbian feminist in the 1950s, with open, unapologetic, vivid descriptions of women's relationships * Guardian *
Her work is so quotable. It has the zeitgeist factor. Now, just as much as ever, we need the voice of Audre Lorde * New Statesman *
I have an Audre Lorde google alert on my phone. It helps confirm how relevant my favorite black, lesbian, mother, warrior poet remains today * Huffington Post *
Audre Lorde says it best * Refinery29 *
Lorde's examination of her multiple outsiderness pried my sheltered mind wide open -- Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home (in 'My Ten Favorite Books,' New York Times Magazine)
Zami is just the best * Vice *
Zami made me realise that I was not alone ... that I, too, could be as courageous and as loud with my truths * Elle Magazine *
Zami feels larger than life - almost legendary - while remaining grounded, intimate and moving * Cosmopolitan *
The truth of her writing is as necessary today as it's ever been * Guardian *