Alia Volz is a native daughter of San Francisco. Her writing appears in The Best American Essays 2017The New York Times, Tin House, Threepenny Review, River Teeth, 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.

A 2018 MacDowell Artist Colony Fellow, Alia has also been an Artist in Residence with Writing Between the Vines and The Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat. The Squaw Valley Community of Writers awarded her the Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship twice. She was runner-up of The MOTH’s GrandSLAM Championship in 2014 and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her memoir, HOME BAKED: MY MOM, MARIJUANA AND THE STONING OF SAN FRANCISCO, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring, 2020.

Represented by Farley Chase, Chase Literary Agency.




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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