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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.


Past and present
CA Conrad
Poetry Judge, Volume 10
The author of 7 books, CA is a 2015 Headlands Fellow, and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowel Colony, Banff, Ucross, RADAR, and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. http://caconrad.blogspot.com/
Taiye Selasi
Fiction Judge, Volume 9
Taiye has published a novel and three short stories. Born in London, she describes herself as a local of New York, Rome, and Accra. She’s currently making documentaries. Known for: Ghana Must Go; The Sex Lives of African Girls http://www.taiyeselasi.com/
Chinaka Hodge
Poetry Judge, Volume 9
Chinaka has published a book of short stories and a screenplay. She’s from Oakland and is very involved with YouthSpeaks, an organization that creates brave new voices in an age of isolation and silence. Dubbed “Best Poet” in 2008. Known for: mentoring and mic dropping http://chinaka.tumblr.com/
Daniel Alarcón
Fiction Judge, Volume 8
Daniel is the author of four books and six short stories. Born in Peru, raised in Alabama, and now lives in San Francisco. He is an Associate Editor for the Peruvian magazine Etiqueta Negra. Known for: Lost City Radio; War by Candlelight. http://www.danielalarcon.com/
Eileen Myles
Poetry Judge, Volume 8
Eileen Myles has written nineteen books. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She won the Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lambda Book Award, and more. She teaches at NYU and Naropa University and lives in Marfa TX and New York. http://www.eileenmyles.com/
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Fiction Judge, Volume 7
Sarah was born in Houston, Texas. She has written two books and was a finalist for both the PEN/Faulkner Prize and the National Book Award. http://sarahshunlienbynum.com/
Kim Addonizio
Poetry Judge, Volume 7
Kim was born in Washington, D.C. She has published 7 books and 10 poems and anthologies. She has won a Pushcart and a National Book Award, among others. http://www.kimaddonizio.com/
Daniel Handler
Fiction Judge, Volume 6
Daniel was born in San Francisco. He has written 18 novels, most under his penname Lemony Snickett. http://www.danielhandler.com/
Nikki Giovanni
Poetry Judge, Volume 6
Nikki was born in Tennessee. She is the author of 20 poetry anthologies and 10 children’s books. She was a finalist for a Grammy in Spoken word and also a finalist for the National Book Award. http://www.nikki-giovanni.com/

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