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Zyzzyva 2020 Fall Issue Launch Party

November 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm


Join Zyzzyva managing editor Oscar Villalon with Jonathan Escoffery, Wendy C. Ortiz, Siel Ju, Andrés Reconco, Kathleen Mackay, and Nina Revoyr

ZYZZYVA closes out the year-long celebration of its 35th anniversary with the publication of Issue No. 119—the L.A. Issue. A complement to the journal’s Bay Area Issue published last winter, the L.A. Issue features some of the exciting work being done by writers, poets, and artists who make Los Angeles County their home or place of work. At more than 300 pages, and including republication of a classic Ray Bradbury story as well as an in-depth interview with the late Wanda Coleman, it’s one of ZYZZYVA’s biggest issues ever, and six of its contributors will be reading from their work in it. Come join us for this special event!


This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.


Event is free, but registration is required.

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About the readers:

Jonathan Escoffery is the winner of The Paris Review’s 2020 Plimpton Prize for Fiction and is the recipient of a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts (Prose) Literature Fellowship. He currently attends the University of Southern California’s Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature Program as a Provost Fellow.

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of “Excavation: A Memoir” (Future Tense Books), “Hollywood Notebook” (Writ Large Press), and the dreamoir “Bruja” (CCM). Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.

Siel Ju is the author of the novel-in-stories “Cake Time,” won the 2015 Red Hen Press Fiction Manuscript Award. She is also the author of two poetry chapbooks. Her stories and poems appear in The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Confrontation, and other places.

Andrés Reconco is a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow and received his MFA from Warren Wilson College. He is a high school teacher in Los Angeles.

Kathleen Mackay is a writer and teacher living in Los Angeles.

Nina Revoyr is the author of several acclaimed novels, including “Southland,” “Wingshooters,” and most recently, “A Student of History” (Akashic). She has been an Associate Faculty member at Antioch University, and a Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Occidental College, Pitzer College, and Pomona College. She lives in Los Angeles with her spouse and their dogs.

ZYZZYVA publishes the best prose, poetry, and visual art produced by West Coast writers and artists—along with the occasional piece from east of California. Since 1985, they’ve published such writers as Sherman Alexie, Raymond Carver, Aimee Bender, Po Bronson, F.X. Toole, Haruki Murakami, Richard Rodriguez, and Daniel Handler; poets such as Kay Ryan, Adrienne Rich, Matthew Zapruder, Czeslaw Milosz, W.S. Di Piero, and Francisco X. Alarcon, and have featured work from such artists as Ed Ruscha, Sandow Birk, Laurie Anderson, Richard Diebenkorn, and Wayne Thiebaud. Visit: www.zyzzyva.org


November 12, 2020
6:00 pm


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