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ZYZZYVA 2018 Spring Issue Celebration

Come join ZYZZYVA for a celebration of their newest issue, "the Spring Issue" featuring readings by contributors Natalie Serber, Christopher Adamson, Greg Sarris, Mackenzie Evan Smith, and Tom Barbash. Emceed by Managing Editor Oscar Villalon.

ZYZZYVA is San Francisco's acclaimed literary journal that's been publishing since 1985. Featuring a dazzling array of past and current contributors, it has been a vital publication in supporting the work of Bay Area and West Coast writers for decades.


Oscar Villalon is managing editor of the San Francisco literary journal ZYZZYVA and former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. His work has appeared in VQR, The Believer, Zocalo, NPR.org, and other publications. He lives in San Francisco. 

Natalie Serber is the author of the story collection Shout Her Lovely Name (Houghton Mifflin) and the memoir Community Chest (Two Sylvias Press). She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Christopher Adamson’s work has appeared in Boston Review, Southwest Review, and other publications. Previously published in ZYZZYVA, he lives in Oakland.

Greg Sarris is the author of the novel Watermelon Nights and the collection How a Mountain Was Made (Heyday Books). He holds the Endowed Chair in Writing and Native American Studies at Sonoma State University.

Mackenzie Evan Smith is an Oakland writer. She is also a communications specialist for the University of California at Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources.

Tom Barbash is the author of four books, including the story collection Stay Up With Me (Ecco), and the forthcoming novel The Dakota Winters (Ecco).


Mechanics' Institute Members Free
Friends of ZYZZYVA Free
Public $15
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4th Floor Meeting Room
Pam Troy - 415-393-0116
Register now by using the form below or calling 415-393-0101.

Future Activities

Aug 16 - 11:00am

Teacherless Writing
A member-led writing group

Photograph of a typewriter

Aug 17 - 12:00pm

Writers Lunch -- Epic Reads: Secrets to Crafting Historical Fiction
Panel discussion with the Women's National Book Association and moderated by Brenda Knight

Aug 20 - 7:00pm

SFDebate: An open forum for discussing the issues of the day
Mainstream Media should ignore Trump's Twitter Feed

Aug 23 - 11:00am

Teacherless Writing
A member-led writing group

Aug 30 - 11:00am

Teacherless Writing
A member-led writing group