Our Fourth of July Subscription Sale is Happening Now!

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Subscribe now and get $5 off a subscription. That’s three issues for only $30! Use promo code SAVE5 at checkout. Subscribe today and start your subscription with Issue 123, the Poetry Issue. Featuring poetry by Heather Altfeld, Joan Baranow, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Denver Butson; essays by Victoria Chang, Sylvie Baumgartel, Glen David Gold; fiction by Tom Bissell, Lynn Coady, Yohanca Delgado, Carlos Fonseca; an interview with poet Matthew Zapruder; and many, many more…! Offer valid through July 5 […]

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Announcing our next Writers’ Workshop: Writing Across Cultures with Vanessa Hua

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Vanessa Hua

Our next remote Writers’ Workshop is Writing Across Cultures with Vanessa Hua on September 17th, 2022. (11am to 2pm PST via ZOOM). “Can I write about that?” The question of cultural appropriation is a complicated one, and so too its answers. In this discussion-based Writers’ Workshop, students will examine strategies for researching and portraying lives unlike our own, that reflect social and historical context and the fullness of a character’s humanity. Students will work on writing exercises and discuss texts by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Toni Morrison, Elaine Castillo, among others, along with instructor Vanessa Hua’s own interviews with authors who write […]

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Catch up on two of our most recent events, including an interview with Vanessa Hua

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In case you missed it: we’ve got handy Youtube links for two of our most recent ZYZZYVA-related events, including our Q&A with Vanessa Hua about her latest novel Forbidden City that happened at San Francisco’s The Booksmith on May 18th; as well as our May 19th Q&A with Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán about her new collection, titled Family Album: Stories, that occurred at City Lights Bookstore. What could be better than free literary-world entertainment, no? (And if you’re interested in reading more work from Alemán, do secure a copy of our latest issue, Issue 122, to read her story “School […]

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ZYZZYVA Holiday Gift Guide

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Dear Friend,  Every December presents the same dilemma: how do we avoid the crass commercialization of the season, yet enjoy the spirit of spreading a little cheer, and showing those we love how much we appreciate them? And how do we do that and still shop small, shop local, and shop mindfully? You’re in luck, because we have a helpful list of gift suggestions to fit the bill.  Best of all, each item will be announced with a personalized email, so there’s no need to worry about a shipping delay keeping friends and family from knowing you’re thinking of them during these holidays. […]

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Watch our Booksmith Virtual Event for Issue 120: The Technology Issue

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In case you missed it: you can now watch our Virtual Reading event with The Booksmith from last week! This event celebrated the launch of Issue 120, the Technology Issue. Enjoy readings by contributors Juhea Kim, Troy Jollimore, Lee Conell, and William Brewer, and a reading by Alex Torres of Anthony Veasna So’s story “Generational Differences,” which also appears in the issue. The event was emceed by Zyzzyva’s Managing Editor, Oscar Villalon. You can watch it via the embedded video below. […]

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The Golden State Bundle, Now Available

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ZYZZYVA Golden State Bundle: No. 117 & No. 119

Within the realm of literature, there is no need to choose one region over the other. Get the Bay Area Issue and the Los Angeles Issue in our Golden State Bundle and enjoy the work of some of the best poets and writers that California has to offer. Together, the issues in the Golden State Bundle boast many of the West Coast’s finest writers, with fiction by Charlie Jane Anders, Jonathan Escoffery, Rita Bullwinkel, Michelle Latiolais, Chia-Chia Lin, Perry Janes, Ingrid Rojas Contreras; essays by Tom Bissell, Lydia Kiesling, and Wendy C. Ortiz; poetry by sam sax, Victoria Chang, Meg […]

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8 Things You Can Do To Support the AAPIs in Your Life

by Mimi Lok

The following is a reprint of a Google Doc by author Mimi Lok. You can read the original document here. In the week since the Atlanta shootings, which claimed the lives of eight people—six of whom were AAPI (Asian American & Pacific Islander) women—I’ve seen my own experience reflected in the AAPIs around me in heartbreaking and illuminating ways. What has emerged most clearly are the layers upon layers of pain—the grief and anger for the victims and their loved ones, the fear for our own loved ones and for ourselves, and the added hurt of invisibility and silence within […]

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The L.A. Issue

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ZYZZYVA Volume 36, #2, Fall–Winter 2020 (No. 119) - Day and Night Versions

The L.A. Issue. Fiction: Ray Bradbury, Siel Ju, Jonathan Escoffery, Perry Janes, Francisco González, Andrés Reconco, Kathleen Mackay, and Michelle Latiolais. Nonfiction: A. Kendra Greene, Wendy C. Ortiz, Steve Ryfle, and David L. Ulin. Interview: Steve Ryfle talks to the late Wanda Coleman. Poetry: Victoria Chang, David Hernandez, Genevieve Kaplan, Douglas Manuel, Dan Murphy, and Mary Otis. Art: Henry Lara. You can purchase a copy of No. 119 here, or order a subscription to ZYZZYVA now. […]

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