“Tsering Yangzom Lama’s debut announces a thrilling new talent in global literature,” writes Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling. “[We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies is] a gorgeous, thoughtful novel, one that wrestles with history and culpability in ways that feel moving and profound.”
Lama’s haunting first novel 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, We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies is a gorgeously written meditation on colonization, displacement, and the lengths we’ll go to remain connected to our families and ancestral lands.
Tsering Yangzom Lama holds a BA in Creative Writing and International Relations from the University of British Columbia, and an MFA in writing from Columbia University. Born and raised in Nepal, Tsering has since lived in Canada and the United States.
Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Halahat Review, Grain, Kenyon Review, 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.
Tsering is currently a Storytelling Advisor at Greenpeace International, where she trains and guides offices globally in narrative strategy.
Appearing in: 8. Generations of Exile: Losing Tibet