Reema Zaman

The 2018 Oregon Literary Arts Writer of Color Fellow, Reema Zaman is an award-winning author, speaker, actress, and illustrator. Her memoir, I Am Yours, will be released in January 2019, hardcover through Amberjack Publishing, and audio book through Blackstone Publishing. As a teacher and advocate for writers, Reema is passionate about helping other artists find success, fulfillment, confidence, and sustainability in their work, livelihood, career, and creativity. She believes success, like “luck”, is the intersection between preparation and opportunity and is committed to helping artists forge that intersection. She has had the honor of guest starring on Dear Sugars, The Unmistakable Creative, and other acclaimed podcasts. Some of her work has been featured in The Guardian, The Rumpus, Narratively, Brown Girl Magazine, Huffington Post, Shape, Hippocampus Magazine, and elsewhere.


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I Am Yours
Amberjack Publishing, 2019

“Tender, fierce, compassionate, and wise, Reema Zaman’s I Am Yours is a moving story about how one woman found her voice—and her power. I was enthralled by this beautiful book from the first page to the last.”

— Cheryl Strayed, New York Times bestselling author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Torch

“My heart just burst into a thousand songs after reading I Am Yours by Reema Zaman. From the first word to the last, this story is a phenomenal triumph of one woman’s body and voice rising up and through a culture that would quiet her. Moving through experience and language without flinching, Reema reminds us that to have a body is to bring a soul to life. A stunning debut.”

— Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Misfit’s ManifestoThe Chronology of WaterThe Small Backs of Children, and The Book of Joan

I Am Yours is the story of Reema Zaman’s unwavering fight to protect and free her voice from those who have sought to silence her. From Bangladesh, to Thailand, to New York, to Oregon, through gorgeous prose as beautiful as it is biting, poetic as it is political, and healing as it is haunting, Zaman explores the many difficulties, dangers, and ultimately, the necessity for all women, all people, to own and use their voices. With astonishing courage and intimacy, Zaman is a reader’s author, offering up a memoir written to alleviate the loneliness that often arises from being human in this world. A voice for a new era, a revolution in itself, an iconic debut that promises to shake global literature.