It is finally upon us; Enizagam Volume 8 is out! To celebrate this magical journal release, the School of Literary Arts (OSA) will be holding a launch party! Join us Dec 17th at 6 PM at the Creative Growth Art Center in Downtown Oakland for readings, snacks, and a whole lot of fun.
Three of our incredible students will be performing live music for the event – the radical Lali Wildeboar, the angelic Adi Martin-Ruben, and the insightful Winnie Smith!
A huge thank you to Wrenay Gomez for designing the beautiful and elegantly festive invitation for the event. We appreciate every student and volunteer who has dedicated their time and effort into putting on this event.
Kindly RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you there!
The Enizagam staff
Thanksgiving came and went, Christmas is coming up quick, and the New Year is right around the corner. For the holidays, think about a thoughtful, creative, inspired, and locally-produced copy of Enizagam for your loved one.
We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Laurel Bookstore, a wonderful bookstore that has just opened a new location on Broadway and 14th St in Downtown Oakland! As a journal, we strive to connect ourselves with local organizations that create the same environment and creativity that we do through our journal, and every day of hard work that we put into it.
The Laurel Bookstore was started to bring the accessibility of literature to the small Oakland neighborhood of the Laurel District that didn’t have that, and since has grown to four times its starting size – an incredible feat for a small bookstore. We celebrate their spirit and are ecstatic to be partnering with them to help bring Enizagam out into the city. A huge thanks to them for supporting us in our mission, and we hope to create a beautiful friendship with them.
The Enizagam Staff
Asha Fletcher-Irwin, Poetry Reader
Favorite part of working on the journal: Working in teams. Producing something great.
Favorite piece of Volume 8: “bermuda 100″ by kat harville – “I was pulling into the piece right at the beginning, and it’s really short but so full.”
1. I like fairies.
2. I wear too much glitter.
3. I’m a Ravenclaw.
Xotchtl Heather-George, Poetry Reader
Favorite part of working on the journal: “I’ve never been exposed to publication before so it’s really cool to get to see that, and to get to be apart of something that, as a team, turns out such a massive project – the idea of working together to make one thing.”
Favorite piece of Volume 8: I Think I’m Almost Ready to See the Ocean-Michael Mlekoday – “The first poem really struck me because the first couple of stanzas are about his brother being transgender, which ties into personal experience . He makes these sweeping statements and ties it down with these really miniscule images.”
1. I make really good tea.
2. My favorite book is called “Peter and Max” by Bill Willingham.
3. I’m convinced Neil Gaiman is another worldly being.
Chloe Xtina, Fiction Reader
Favorite part of working on the journal: “Getting to read through an editorial lens and getting to decide what is published into this magazine that I really love.”
Favorite piece of Volume 8: “Cape Cod” by Tala Abu Rahmeh – I have a big connection to Cape Cod and the ocean and drowning in a haunting of mine, and that was really embodied in this poem. It had strong catharsis, and was very emotional and raw and exposes itself to the reader.
1. I eat whole tomatoes like they’re apples.
2. Sometimes I wear a cross – not religiously – but as an ode to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
3. I’m supposed to have stopped growing but I still am and I don’t know why.
The really magical part of Enizagam is our unique staff of editors, readers, and coordinators who work tirelessly to put this publication together. Everyone on the staff is in high school, as well as a writer. Without further ado, we’d like to introduce you all to our magnificent staff.
Jimmy Olney, Event Coordinator and Reader
Favorite part of working on the journal: “Having so much responsibility and being able to prove myself through that, and to be able to be a part of something that transcends me.”
Favorite piece of Volume 8: “Nashville” by Tala Abu Rahmeh – “[It] resonated with me through its simplicity.”
1. I’m a pop culture enthusiast.
2. I love reality TV – “for the psychology of it.”
3. I’m terrible at taking care of plants.
This past weekend was host to the always inspiring and never disappointing San Francisco Lit Crawl, and Enizagam was so honored to be a part of that experience. The largest of thanks to everyone who attended our fantastic reading; parents, students, school-mates, and strangers we got the pleasure of meeting for the first time. A big thanks to Scholar Match, for opening up their space to us, and the LitQuake event, for giving us this fantastic opportunity and exposure.
Our crafty Street Team took handfuls of the issues, Volume 8 and previous, and we set them loose on the streets of the Mission, handing out free copies and spreading the word of both the journal and our event. They were a huge success, the copies flying out of their hands and into the hands of intrigued and interested strangers. Be on the lookout for one of them; they’re going to be regulars at future events!
We look forward to readings and events in the future, and seeing all your lovely faces there.
The Enizagam Bunch
The Enizagam staff is excited to announce the 2015 fiction and poetry contest judges!
We are proud to introduce Taiye Selasi as fiction judge and Chinaka Hodge as poetry judge.
Excelling in several literary styles, London-born Taiye Selasi is the author of Ghana Must Go, along with several essays, short stories, and scripts. Chinaka Hodge is a leading Bay Area poet, playwright, screenwriter, and educator.
Contest submissions open November 1st! Winners receive a prize of $1,000 plus publication.
We look forward to reading your submissions!
It’s that magical time when all the beautiful poets, authors, essayists, and creative minds of the Bay Area crawl out of the woodwork and flock to the city for the biggest literary event in our calenders. With this years’ fantastic Lit Crawl lineup, everyone here on the Enizagam staff is thrilled to announce that various members of our staff and program will be reading in the midst of all that greatness. Newly stated Enizagam chief editor Mina Jameson is one in our set, along with Poetry Editor Paige O’Farrell, and readers for the journal Imani Diltz and Chloe Smith.
Join us at 849 Valencia St on Saturday, October 18th at 7:15 for EDGE OF SEVENTEEN: Featuring Poetry/Prose/Performance by students from Oakland School for the Arts.
Cover art by Andrea Sarber! Printed at 1984 Printing in Oakland! Chock-full of awesome!