Posts Tagged: Zyzzyva

Notable San Francisco: 1/25–1/31

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Wednesday 1/25: Perfectly Queer presents Funny Bits: Humorous Stories from East Bay Queer Writers featuring Ajuan Mance, Willy Wilkinson, and Anna Pulley. Free, 7 p.m., The Octopus Literary Salon. John Else (True South: Henry Hampton and “Eyes on the Prize,” the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement) in conversation with Spencer Nakasako […]

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Notable NYC: 1/7–1/13

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Saturday 1/7: Greenlight Bookstore celebrates the grand opening of the store’s second location in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. 632 Flatbush Avenue, 7:30 p.m., free. Camonghne Felix and José Olivarez join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5. Sunday 1/8: Nancy Hightower, Sarah Perry, Jeremy Freedman, and Linda Harris Dolan join the Sundays at Erv’s reading […]

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History as Structure

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In a Q & A with debut novelist Yaa Gyasi on the ZYZZYVA blog, Ismail Muhammad asks Gyasi to expound on narrative structure and the far-reaching effects of the international slave trade: I realized that I was interested in tracking how slavery, colonialism, and institutionalized racism work over a very long period of time—not just the beginning and […]

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Affected

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Over at ZYZZYVA, Sam Shuler reviews Robert Roper’s new work, Nabokov in America. Roper focuses on Nabokov’s experiences in America, and claims that Nabokov was able to write his best work in America because he was so affected by the country: Roper’s reflections on Nabokov are carried out with a clarity and a directness often […]

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A World Made of Words

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At ZYZZYVA, Christian Kiefer talks with novelist Scott Hutchins and playwright Octavio Solis about learning and developing as writers, the difference between writing plays and writing novels, and writing as a craft: It’s an art. There’s alchemy in the process by which we go from a blank page to something that has its own reality. A world […]

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Excavating Pain

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Fittingly ending the memoir with a scene at the La Brea Tar Pits, which trapped and fossilized the unfortunate prehistoric creatures who wandered into them, Ortiz speaks of her personal excavation as a perpetual journey, a necessary exploration of a hidden story. While personal, her memoir is also universal in its undertaking of that discovery […]

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E-Remorse and Writers

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Most literate adults can tell e-disaster stories: information sent to the wrong recipient or group, or discovered by the wrong person, or issued in careless wording that gave offense, or did real damage. Some of these stories are funny. Some end marriages, families, careers. Most horrific—for me, and I’d wager, for most authors—are those tidings […]

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This Week in Short Fiction

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On Monday, ZYZZYVA announced the release of Strange Attraction: The Best Ten Years of Zyzzyva, an anthology of fiction, essays, poetry, and dramas published during the journal’s early years (1985–1994) under the leadership of founding editor and legend Howard Junker. A few weeks ago, ZYZZYVA celebrated publishing its 100th issue, and the pub will turn 30 next […]

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Pub Quiz

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Granta and ZYZZYVA are getting together in San Francisco for a “traditional British pub quiz with a California twist.” There will be a show-down between teams comprised of audience members and contributors to both magazines, followed by music and dancing! Wednesday, June 20th, 6 p.m at The Make-Out Room (3225 22nd Street).

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“The Thousand-Plus-Mile Journey to Sugar”

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At ZYZZYVA, Rumpus columnist Antonia Crane interviews Cheryl Strayed about Wild, rebuilding, Sugar, and more. “I bring a lot of the wisdom I gained on my hike into the “Dear Sugar” column. The most important one is that we always have a choice about which direction to go—forward or back—and that no matter what happens, […]

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Dagoberto Gilb Interview

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ZYZZYVA interviewed Dagoberto Gilb, acclaimed author and the current executive director of Centro Victoria: Center for Mexican American Literature and Culture. Gilb touched on the Texan literary scene, Latino literature, and his newly published collection of stories, Before the End, After the Beginning (Rumpus reviewed here). “What I think a collection of short fiction can do—and […]

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A Necessarily Incomplete But Hopefully Helpful List That Proves The Slush Pile Has a Pulse

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A couple of weeks ago, I ranted against a Wall Street Journal article that proclaimed “The Slush Pile is Dead.” The slush pile, for those who are unfamiliar, is the name for the large amount of unsolicited writing that’s submitted for publication to magazines and web sites. Part of the reason for my reaction to […]

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