Lyzette Wanzer

P.O. Box 642574 Box 590939
San Francisco, CA 94164

Author's Bio

Lyzette Wanzer is a San Francisco writer, editor, and creative writing workshop instructor. She received her MFA in Fiction from Mills College. A flash fiction connoisseur and essay aficionado, her work has appeared in Callaloo, Tampa Review, The MacGuffin, Ampersand Review, Journal of Advanced Development, Journal of Experimental Fiction, Pleiades, Flashquake, Glossalia Flash Fiction, Potomac Review, International Journal on Literature and Theory, Fringe Magazine, The Naked Truth, and many others. She is a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie), 642 Tiny Things to Write About (Chronicle Books), and the San Francisco University High School Journal. Lyzette is the 2016 First Place winner in the national Kay Snow Nonfiction Competition. Lyzette has been awarded writing residencies at the Blue Mountain Center (NY), Kimmel Harding Center for the Arts (NE), Playa Summer Lake (OR), Horned Dorset Colony (NY), Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (AR), and The Banff Centre in Canada. She is the recipient of an Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, two Individual Artist Commission grants from San Francisco Arts Commission, and two Professional Development Grants from the Creative Capacity Fund. During her residency at Headlands Center for the Arts, Lyzette completed a short story collection called Gelatin Prints, which she is now shopping around. Her newest project is an essay collection entitled Jaywalking.

Publications and Prizes

(Aesthetica Magazine Ltd., 2010)
, Gender On Our Minds
(Khoi Nguyen, 2008)
, The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays
(Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2012)
Apalachee Review, Bryant Literary Review, Callaloo, Chautauqua, Flashquake, Glossolalia, Guernica Magazine, Illumen, Iris, Journal of Experimental Fiction, Pacific Review, Pleiades, Potomac Review, Specs Magazine, Tampa Review, The Los Angeles Review, Portland Review, West Wind Review, Yalobusha Review
Prizes Won: 
GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPSSan Francisco Arts Commission, 2014 & 2017Center for Cultural Innovation 2012Creative Capacity Fund, 2012 & 2013Horned Dorset Colony Foundation, 2014AWARDSKay Snow Elizabeth Lyon Award for Nonfiction, 2016National League of American Pen Women, 2009-2011, 2013, & 2016-2017RESIDENCIESBanff Cemtre for the Arts, 2017Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, 2017Headlands Center for the Arts, 2015-2017Virginia Center for Creative Arts, 2015Horned Dorset Colony, 2014Playa Summer Lake, 2014 

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Portrait in Sepia by Isabelle Allende
Favorite Books: 
Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights, Kenji Yoshino, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, Immaculee Ilibagiza, The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran, Ride the Wind: The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker and the Last Days of the Comanche, Lucia St. Clair Robson, The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner, We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
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Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Hospital patients
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Born in: 
New York, NY
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Last updated: Aug 10, 2017