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Chaney Kwak in conversation with Oscar Villalon

August 3, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT


Cheaney Kwak, author, and Oscar Villalon, managing editor of ZYZZYVA will discuss writing, travel, near death experiences and Kwak’s debut novel.

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The Passenger How A Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies From A Sinking Ship is neither straight reported nonfiction, nor straight memoir: it’s a compelling mix of the two that’s both harrowing in its closely reported details and laugh out loud funny in its searing honesty. By the end you’ll agree, you couldn’t ask for a better guide to twenty -seven unforgettable hours aboard a maybe-sinking-ship than Chaney Kwak. – Joshua Bodwell, Editorial Director

Chaney Kwak has written for publications such as The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine,  Travel & Leisure  and a number of National Geographic anthologies. His fiction has appeared in Zyzzyva, Catamaran Literary Review, Gertrude and other literary journals, earning a special mention from the Pushcart Prize.

A winner of the Key West Literary Seminar Emerging Writer Awards, Kwak has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and was a Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Brown Handler Resident.

He teaches nonfiction writing at the Stanford Continuing Studies program.

Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. His writing has been published in several publications, including Freeman’s, Zocalo, The Believer and Lit Hub. He lives in San Francisco.



Chaney Kwak – Website | Instagram | Twitter

Oscar Villalon – Twitter

ZYZZYVA – Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook


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