Alia Volz is a native daughter of San Francisco. Her work appears in The Best American Essays 2017 (guest-edited by Leslie Jamison), The Best American Series 2017: 16 Stories and Essays, The New York Times, Tin House, Threepenny Review, Nowhere Magazine, Utne Reader, New England Review and the recent anthologies Dig If You Will The Picture: Remembering Prince and Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California.
Alia Volz is known in the San Francisco literary performance scene for edgy writing and a gregarious stage presence. She has read at venues ranging from dank dive bars to the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Alia hosted and produced the landmark reading series Literary Death Match – SF, from 2010-12. She is also an LDM champion; her story “Near Unison” brought home the crown from Episode 42. She has been profiled in Dark Sky Magazine, and SF Weekly, and has been a guest on the television show Lady Brain. San Francisco’s Litquake Festival has recruited her to curate and/or host several high-profile events—sometimes in disguise; for the good of literature, she’s taken the stage as Anaïs Nin, Louise Brooks, and WWF World Champion Slick Ric Flair.
The Squaw Valley Community of Writers awarded her the Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship twice. In 2014, Alia placed second at The MOTH’s San Francisco GrandSLAM Championship. SF Weekly named her among “Best Writers without a Book in San Francisco.” To render that dubious honor moot, she’s currently working on a book.