Lyzette Wanzer

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet

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 & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2012)
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The Los Angeles Review


Aesthetica (Aesthetica Magazine Ltd., 2010)
Gender On Our Minds (Khoi Nguyen, 2008)
Apalachee Review
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Journal of Experimental Fiction
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Potomac Review
Specs Magazine
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West Wind Review
Prizes won: 


San Francisco Arts Commission, 2014 & 2017

Center for Cultural Innovation 2012

Creative Capacity Fund, 2012 & 2013

Horned Dorset Colony Foundation, 2014


Kay Snow Elizabeth Lyon Award for Nonfiction, 2016

National League of American Pen Women, 2009-2011, 2013, & 2016-2017


Banff Cemtre for the Arts, 2017

Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, 2017

Headlands Center for the Arts, 2015-2017

Virginia Center for Creative Arts, 2015

Horned Dorset Colony, 2014

Playa Summer Lake, 2014


Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Portrait in Sepia by Isabelle Allende

More Information

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Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Illness/Wellness
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Born in: 
New York, NY
New York
Raised in: 
New York
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Last update: Aug 10, 2017