ZYZZYVA EventsJanuary 24, 2017
In Conversation with Shanthi Sekaran
Location: 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
Description: Sekaran, the author of "The Prayer Room," discusses her new novel, "Lucky Boy" (Putnam) with Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/2iRDgE4January 26, 2017
ZYZZYVA Winter Issue Celebration, East Bay
Location: 7 p.m., Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland
Description: Come celebrate ZYZZYVA's Winter issue with a reading featuring contributors Kathleen Alcott, Ella Martinsen Gorham, Matthew Zapruder, and Scott O'Connor. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/2ghs4gtFebruary 15, 2017
In Conversation with Min Jin Lee
Location: 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., San Francisco
Description: Lee, the author of "Free Food for Millionaires," discusses her new novel, "Pachinko" (Grand Central Publishing), with Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/2ilCU4P
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Matthew Zapruder is editor-at-large for Wave Books, the poetry editor for The New York Times Magazine, and an associate professor in the MFA program at Saint Mary’s College. Next August, his book Why Poetry? will be published by Ecco. Two of his poems—”Poem for Noguchi” and “Stari Trg”—appear in the new issue of ZYZZYVA, which you can get here.
The following is “Poem for Noguchi” in its entirety. You can hear Zapruder read from his work, along with ZYZZYVA contributors Kathleen Alcott, Scott O’Connor, and Ella Martinsen Gorham, at the Winter Issue Celebration at Diesel in Oakland on Thursday, January 26.
Chaney Kwak is an award-winning travel writer living in San Francisco whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Condé Nast Traveler, among other places.
“Oh, Oh, Oh” is his first work of fiction in print and appears in ZYZZYVA’s Winter 2012 issue. Told in a cheeky, wised-up voice, it is the moving and hilarious tale of two very different men who share (mostly) the same first name. Despite the gulf separating their worlds, they are destined to meet–right at Christmas, making “Oh, Oh, Oh” perhaps the best holiday story ever involving furtive rest stop sex, over-the-top decorations, and online hustling.
The following is an excerpt.