What is Enizagam?
Who we are and what we do
Enizagam. It’s ‘magazine’ spelled backwards. It’s also a literary journal featuring poetry, fiction, and interviews by writers from all over the world. Our content is comprised of submissions from writers living in the U.S. and beyond, as well as the winning and finalist entries of our annual contest: the Enizagam Literary Awards in Poetry and Fiction.
Volume 9, released in Fall 2015, includes new work by contest winners selected by Taiye Selasi and Chinaka Hodge, as well as new interviews with Rebecca Solnit and Camille Dungy. Past issues include work by Palestinian writer Tala Abu Rahmeh, National Poetry Slam Champ Michael Mlekoday, 98weeks founder Mirene Arsenios, and interviews with Walter Mosely and Novella Carpenter. Recent contest judges have included Nikki Giovanni, Robert Olen Butler, Daniel Handler, Michelle Tea, and Daniel Alarcón.
Perhaps most impressively, Enizagam is staffed and edited entirely by the teenage writers at Oakland School for the Arts, a public arts charter in downtown Oakland. The books are printed down the street at female-owned 1984 Printing, and the covers of all issues feature work by teenage artists. This is local, independent art at its finest—by supporting Enizagam, you’re not only supporting innovative new literature, but Oakland’s youth and arts education as well.