ZYZZYVA Spring Celebration

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 7:30pm
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ZYZZYVA SPRING CELEBRATION

With EDITOR LAURA COGAN, MANAGING EDITOR OSCAR VILLALON, and contributors TOM BARBASH, ROBIN EKISS, and VANESSA HUA

 

Featuring West Coast poetry and prose and art, ZYZZYVA’s Spring issue includes a little bit of everything for everybody. (Not least of which being a cover by acclaimed Bay Area artist Richard Misrach.) Robin Ekiss, Vanessa Hua, and Tom Barbash are a few of the contributors reading selections from their work in the spring issue.

 

The issue also marks a major change in the journal’s masthead – Laura Cogan is the new editor (the first new editor since Howard Junker founded ZYZZYVA more than 25 years ago). She’s joined by Oscar Villalon, formerly of the San Francisco Chronicle and McSweeney’s, as the new managing editor. Meet them this evening, abd raise a glass to toast them, along with these contributors:

 

Robin Ekiss is a former Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford, recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award for emerging women writers, and author of The Mansion of Happiness, winner of the 2010 Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize and a finalist for the Balcones Poetry Prize, Northern California Book Award, and California Book Award.

 

Tom Barbash is a former Wallace Stegner and Scowcroft Fellow at Stanford University and the recipient of an NEA fellowship. He is the author of a novel, The Last Good Chance and a nonfiction book, On Top of the World, the Story of Cantor Fitzgerald and September 11.

 

Vanessa Hua is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Economist, The New York Times, and Newsweek, and is a graduate of UC Riverside’s MFA program. In 2008, she won the Atlantic Monthly’s student fiction contest, and in 2005 won Cream City Review’s fiction contest. She’s working on a novel and collection of stories