Nomy Lamm

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Nomy Lamm
Birth nameNaomi Elizabeth Lamm
Born (1975-09-01) September 1, 1975 (age 43)
GenresRiot grrrl, punk rock
Occupation(s)Musician, activist
InstrumentsVocals, accordion, theremin
Years active1991 - present
Associated actsThe Need

Naomi Elizabeth "Nomy" Lamm[1] (born September 1, 1975)[2] is an American singer/songwriter and political activist. Lamm has described herself as a "bad ass, fat ass, Jew, dyke amputee."[3][4] Her left foot was amputated at age three, in order to be fitted with a leg prosthesis, to treat a bone growth disorder. This trauma influenced Lamm's later work concerning body image. She is also known for her activism on the issue of fat acceptance.



Lamm was involved with musical theater during her youth. She became part of the queercore scene in Olympia, Washington, where she performed with various musicians. In 1991 she published the first of three issues of a zine titled I'm So Fucking Beautiful. The zine's visual narrative of vulnerability deliberately counters its textual power where she expresses her anger at her treatment as a young fat woman.[5]

In 1999, Lamm released a solo debut album of punk rock music with revolutionary themes, titled Anthem. Originally, the record company Talent Show sought to compile the work of the various bands with whom she performed as frontwoman, but Lamm chose to re-record the music as a solo project. Later in 1999, Lamm released The Transfused, a soundtrack to the anti-corporate rock musical that she created with The Need. Lamm also toured as part of Doctor Frockrocket’s Vivifying Reanimatronic Menagerie and Medicine Show. Effigy, released by Yoyo Recordings, represented a departure for Lamm, with electronica replacing the sparse production of her previous work. "What I'm doing now is total disco-pop," she said at the time, "but it’s still punk because it was created through punk channels using punk ethics."[citation needed] Thematically, Effigy continued Lamm's call for a revolution, but this album's focus was on an internal, rather than external revolution.


Lamm continued to publish zines, and she also gave theatrical college lectures on fat oppression, sometimes dressed in fairy wings and waving a magic wand. For this, Lamm was nominated for Ms. magazine's "Woman Of The Year" award.[6] Lamm also toured as part of the spoken word performance troupe, Sister Spit, and wrote as a regular columnist for Punk Planet magazine.

From January 2004 until May 2005, Lamm co-hosted a monthly genderqueer open mike variety show called The Finger with Ana Jae. The show was held at a feminist sex toy store in Chicago, called Early to Bed, and it featured live poetry, improv, comedy, dance, storytelling, video exhibition, folk music, rock music, and performance art. The Finger was said[by whom?] to inspire local queer people to take artistic risks and express themselves freely.

Lamm's music is featured in the 2006 documentary, Young, Jewish, and Left.[7] An interview with her about the connections between punk rock and Judaism appear in the DVD extras. Lamm's most recent group musical venture is with the band Tricrotic with Marcus Rogers and Erin Daly. They have recorded one EP.[8]


Her current project is entitled nomy lamm and The Whole Wide World, which is a platform for collaborations with other artists of any genre, such as Dylan Shearer, Mirah, Annah Anti-Palindrome, EPRhyme, and Felonious. She writes for make/shift magazine in the section called Dear Nomy.[9] She also performs with a Bay Area organization called Sins Invalid, a non-profit arts organization, which features performances about sexuality and disability and centralizes the work of people of color and queer people.[10] Lamm is working on her first novel, titled The Best Part Comes After the End[citation needed] In 2012 Lamm was a keynote speaker at the biannual Femme Conference. She has just completed writing her first book, for her MFA, a series of short stories about trauma and transformation called 515 Clues.[11]



  • Nobody Knows What We've Been Through, self-release 2008
  • Effigy, Yoyo Recordings, 2003
  • The Transfused, (with The Need), Yoyo Recordings, 2000
  • Anthem, Talent Show Records, 1999

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  1. ^ Higginbotham, Anastasia (January–February 1997). "Women of the Year". Ms. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  2. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Nomy Lamm". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  3. ^ Janssen, Mary Beth (May 2003). "Learning to Love your Body". Retrieved 2008-01-04.
  4. ^ Long, Jackson (2002-02-28). "Lady in Pink — Activist Nomy Lamm speaks out on fat oppression". The Western Front. Western Washington University. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
  5. ^ Piepmeiyer, Alison; Zeisler, Andi (2010). Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism. NYU Press. p. 62. ISBN 0-8147-6773-7.
  6. ^ Bergquist, Kathie; Robert McDonald (2006). A Field Guide to Gay & Lesbian Chicago. Chicago: Lake Claremont Press. p. 186. ISBN 1-893121-03-8.
  7. ^ Jewish Film Archive Online
  8. ^ citybeat - Nomy Lamm
  9. ^ make/shift magazine
  10. ^ Sins Invalid web site
  11. ^ "2012 Keynotes: Nomy Lamm and Pratibha Pramar". Femme Conference 2012. Retrieved March 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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