Alia Volz is known in the San Francisco literary performance scene for humorous, edgy and often sexy writing, and a gregarious stage presence. She has read at venues ranging from the dankest dive bars to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, The Castro Theater 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 even WWF World Champion Slick Ric Flair.

In 2014, Alia placed second at The MOTH’s San Francisco GrandSLAM Championship. She also received a 2014 award from SF Weekly for “Best San Francisco Writer Without a Book.” To rectify that situation, she has recently completed her first novel, HOOF, a contemporary western set in urban San Francisco.

Alia’s stories, essays and translations are found in Tin House, The New York Times, Threepenny Review, New England ReviewUtne Reader, ZYZZYVA, Huizache, The Rumpus,  NarrativelyNerve, Literary Orphans, The Normal School, Eleven Eleven, Covered w/ FurDark Sky MagazineDefenestration, The Writing Disorder’s “Best Nonfiction of 2012” anthology. Nowhere Magazine has selected her piece “Finding El Saez” (forthcoming) as a finalist in its 2016 Travel Writing Contest. Recent essays have also appeared in the anthologies Dig If You Will The Picture: Writers Reflect on Prince (Barrelhouse Books, 2016) and Golden State: Best New Writing from California 2017 (Outpost 19, 2017).



3 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Hi Alia,

    I’m a GED teacher in the Mission, and I was wondering if you could help me. This Saturday, the Mission Neighborhood Center is doing a fundraiser for my GED program. All the money we make goes to paying for our students’ testing fees. As you can imagine, our students need the financial help in order to get to the next step in their lives. Any way you could send this along to your FB peeps/real peeps? Any way I could come by to your event tonight and get you to plug the event?

    I should tell you we have some great performers from the neighborhood and beyond. Norman Zelaya, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Miriam Speyer, Mike Capozzola, Mariama Lockington–just to name a few.

    Now we need to make sure we have an audience. Can you help a Mission brother out? Here’s the link:

  2. Hi Alia,

    I had a friend who was a SF cable car driver who knew your parents during the time of Sticky Fingers Brownies…he was known as “Cable Car John” (died last Oct) and he told me stories about them delivering great brownies all over SF and that he saved all these fantastic brownie bags with all this original art! His widow just gave the box to me and there must be well over 100 of them and they are all the coolest things I’ve seen. I think these are special and would like to share them, especially because they are a direct link to you.


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