Election Night with ZYZZYVA
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 6:30 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Election Night with Zyzzyva
Hosted by Oscar Villalon, ZYZZYVA Managing Editor
with Nestor Gomez, Matthew Zapruder, Caille Millner, Dean Rader, Ismail Muhammad, Vanessa Hua, and D.A. Powell
Come join a roster of ZYZZYVA contributors and friends of the journal as we follow the returns on the various congressional elections around the country and in our state. Featuring short readings spread out through the night.
Issue No 13 - Of & About the Environment (the fall 2018 installement of Zyzzyva) will be on hand for sale that evening.
The issue includes work by:
Héctor Tobar on living in Los Angeles, before and after air quality regulations; Lauret Edith Savoy traces "the geology of us"; Juli Berwald on "the blob," the mysterious oceanic phenomenon that left destruction in its wake; Obi Kaufmann on the importance of reframing the language of conservation.
Arundhati Roy discusses with John Freeman her work as an activist and a writer, and examines the great danger before us all.
Poems by Jane Hirshfield, John Sibley Williams, Rebecca Foust, Daniel Neff, Maggie Millner, Sophie Klahr, and Emily Pinkerton.
Fiction by Ben Lasman (ceding the field of work to the robots), Manuel Muñoz (the vulnerability of those who work our fields), and Louis B. Jones (the tea compost isn't the only rancidness found living off the grid).
And More Fiction and Poetry:
Stories by Emma Copley Eisenberg, Elena Graceffa, and, marking his First-Time-in-Print, David Paul; poetry by Ruth Madievsky, Jennie Malboeuf, and Paul Wilner.
Art: Featuring Obi Kaufmann's watercolors of California's fauna and flora.
ZYZZYVA's first issue was published in 1985, under founding editor Howard Junker. In 2011, Laura Cogan became ZYZZYVA’s first new editor in more than 25 years. She and Managing Editor Oscar Villalon make up ZYZZYVA’s editorial team. Every issue is a vibrant mix of established talents and new voices, providing an elegantly curated overview of contemporary arts and letters with a distinctly San Francisco perspective.
Their publishing history is as illustrious as it is groundbreaking. This is the journal that first published Jim Gavin and Jill Soloway, F.X. Toole and Po Bronson—and introduced American readers to Haruki Murakami (in issue No. 13). Their list of contributors includes, among many others, Peter Orner, Kay Ryan, David Guterson, Tom Bissell, Tatjana Soli, Ron Carlson, Luis Alberto Urrea, Amy Hempel, D.A. Powell, Matthew Dickman, Herbert Gold, Daniel Sada, Adam Johnson, Karl Taro Greenfeld, Sandow Birk, Richard Misrach, Aimee Bender, Diego Enrique Osorno, Sherman Alexie, Daniel Handler, Adrienne Rich, Robert Hass, Czeslaw Milosz, Wanda Coleman, Raymond Carver, Tom Barbash, William T. Vollmann, Dagoberto Gilb, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Ed Ruscha, Richard Diebenkorn, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Creeley, and M.F.K. Fisher.
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