ZYZZYVA EventsSeptember 7, 2018
In Conversation with Obi Kaufmann
Location: 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.
Description: Kaufmann, the author of "The California Field Atlas" and contributor to ZYZZYVA Issue No. 113, discusses his work with Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Free. For more info: https://bit.ly/2nDnNrKSeptember 11, 2018
In Conversation with R.O. Kwon
Location: 7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
Description: Kwon, the author of the novel "The Incendiaries," will be in conversation about her book with Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Free. For more info: https://bit.ly/2nEtgyFNovember 3, 2018
ZYZZYVA Creative Nonfiction Workshop with Caille Millner
Location: Mechanics's Institute Building and ZYZZYVA Offices, 57 Post St., San Francisco
Description: A one-day intensive workshop with Millner, author of the memoir "The Golden Road: Notes on My Gentrification" and a columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle. Class size is very limited. Applications are due by September 3. For more information, visit https://zyzzyva.submittable.com/submit/106865/creative-non-fiction
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Dagoberto Gilb is the author of six books, most recently the story collection Before the End, After the Beginning (Grove). The recipient of many awards and fellowships, he is the executive director of Centro Victoria: Center for Mexican American Literature and Culture.
Gilb’s literary essay, “A Little Bit of Fun Before He Died,” which appears in ZYZZYVA’s Fall issue, is both a meditation on his relationship with the late writer Bill Ripley (“my first fiction-writer role model”) and on the vagaries of life—the writing life, in particular. Ripley gained some renown because of the Sheryl Crow song “All I Wanna Do,” which was based on a poem about him. The essay examines Ripley’s intoxicated misadventures even as it details Gilb’s understanding of himself as a writer, one who doesn’t come from a world of privilege and its received notions of what the writing life is. “I knew nothing about creative writing,” he states early on. “What I knew of the contemporary writing business came out of a used copy of Writer’s Market.”
The following is an excerpt from “A Little Bit of Fun Before He Died.”