THE SUNDAY RUMPUS ESSAY: PROCESSING CHILDREN

My essay about children in immigration court is live this morning, featuring original illustrations by artist Chris Koehler. BY ALIA VOLZ October 19th, 2014 The courtroom smells of talcum powder. On this afternoon’s docket, we have thirty-four children. Thirty-four out of 35,000 or 57,000 or 90,000 kids who have crossed our borders without permission since…

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NOT SO FAST!… Writers Reading from New Works.

Thursday, March 31 –  8:00PM Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk Street, SF   Featuring new work by Beth Lisick, Kelly Beardsley, Bucky Sinister, Alia Volz, Jack Boulware and Alan Black. Show up at our reading or we’ll beat up your mom.

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Before You Were Born: Stories from our parents’ surprisingly romantic youth. This week: two free spirits exchange psychic readings in ’70s San Francisco.

Nerve.com, December 3, 2010 By Alia Volz My parents, Doug and Mer, exchanged psychic readings on a blind date. Though they’ve since divorced, I recently reunited them to ask about their unusual romance. I would like you, my beloved parents, to take a trip back in time. It is now January of 1977 — D:…

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The Inn & Out

This piece originally appeared in ZYZZYVA, in 2008. ================================================================= Edith leaned into her cane and waited for the housekeeper to quit ignoring her. The backs of Conchita’s thighs jiggled as she scrubbed. She bent down into the pink tub and the hem of her dress rose, revealing a tiny smile of white cotton with a few black hairs…

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Dolores on Ash

My flat is on a hillside in the Western Addition. It rests at an angle of about 10 degrees. If you drop a marble in the kitchen, it rolls to the bedroom. The same goes for drunks. If they end up in my bed, it’s only gravity.

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