Lyzette Wanzer

Lyzette Wanzer

San Francisco

Lyzette Wanzer's CV

San Francisco

Professional Experience

National Writers Union
Member & Instructor
The Writers grotto
Writing Instructor
Fremont Adult School
FUHSD 17.1022.41 Get the Grant! For Creative Writers FUHSD 17.1019.41 How to Use LinkedIn to Increase Literary and Artistic Success
Workshop Instructor
Grotto Pros: The Writers’ Toolkit: Six E
Berkeley Public Library
Art of the Short Story. Learn from three award-winning authors the art of writing and publishing short fiction in today's competitive market, with Laurie Ann Doyle, Vanessa Hua, and Lyzette Wanzer.
Panelist & Presenter
San Francisco Writers Conference
Workshop Instructor
Mill Valley Public Library
Dog Eared Books
Flash Fiction Collective Writers' Grotto. Dozens of stories in under 90 minutes from masters of the form!
Presenter & Panelist
National writers union
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Fiction Instructor
San francisco state university
Writing Sudden Fiction
Workshop Instructor
Guest Speaker
University of California, Berkeley
ENG 1004: Fundamentals of Freelancing
San Jose State University
Professional Development Workshop for Writers of Color
Writing Workshop Instructor
The Loft Literary Center
Workshop Leader
Larkin Street Youth Services
Mechanics Institute Library
Workshop Instructor
The Writing Salon
Guest Speaker
Empowering Womxn of Color Conference
Convener & Speaker, Trauma, Tresses, & Truth
San Francisco Public library
In conjunction with the exhibit, An Ode to Us: A Celebration of Black Hair at San Francisco Public Library Main Branch’s African American Center. In partnership with the Museum of the African Diaspora.
Far West Popular Culture Association
National Writers’ Union Takes On Social Justice
What’s Missing: How Absence Can Drive Narrative
The Scars That Bind Us: Personal Essays

Grants & Awards

June, 2019
Individual Artist Commission/San Francisco Arts Commission/ San Francisco
Specific personal, artistic projects that, in turn, stimulate the creation and presentation of new works of art throughout the city’s neighborhoods. This grant category considers proposals for projects in alternating disciplines each year up to $20,000.
February, 2019
Creative Capacity Fund/Center for Cultural Innovation / San Francisco
Awards reimbursement funds to CA artists for professional development support.
June, 2017
Individual Artist Commission/San Francisco Arts Commission/ San Francisco
June, 2014
Residency Grant/Horned Dorset Colony Foundation/ Leonardsville
April, 2013
Individual Artist Commission/San Francisco Arts Commission/ San Francisco
August, 2012
Investing in Artists Grant/Center for Cultural Innovation/ San Francisco
Provided support to individual visual, craft, and literary artists in two categories: 1) for the acquisition of Artistic Equipment & Tools; and 2) for artistic innovation.
June, 2015
Affiliate Artist Program/Headlands Center for the Arts/ Sausalito
An immersive studio practice program awarded to approximately 20 Bay Area artists, writers, and designers annually.
January, 2021
California Humanities for All Grant/California Humanities/ San Francisco
Funding to support small-scale public humanities programs and projects which take place within one year from the award date. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences.
April, 2022
Black Artist Foundry/Black Artist Foundry/ Sacramento
Supporting Black artists throughout their careers is a core principle of our work. We use our voices to amplify their art and celebrate their stories.
September, 2021
Residency Fellow/Muncie Arts and Culture Council/ Muncie
An immersive Artist-in-Residence program of the Muncie Arts and Culture Council, based in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District in downtown Muncie, Indiana
July, 2021
San Francisco Artist Grant/San Francisco Arts Commission/ San Francisco
For individual artists and fund works of art made by artists living in San Francisco. Artist projects and the majority of activities must take place in San Francisco and benefit a San Francisco audience. This grant category considers proposals for projects in all artistic genres
February, 2021
Arizona State University Teaching Fellowship/Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Wr/ Tempe
Each year, the Piper Center offers a number of fellowships for individuals to present craft talks, workshops, and other conference sessions alongside nationally-recognized faculty. Fellows are selected from an extremely competitive pool of writers, published authors, educators,


June, 2017
LEIGHTON ARTISTS STUDIOS/Banff Centre for the Arts/ Alberta
Independent residencies in the Leighton Artists Studios offer you the ability to delve into your work as a solitary, self-directed retreat, as well as the option to engage within the larger artists’ community at Banff Centre.
June, 2017
Writer-in-Residence/Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow/ Eureka Springs
In the privacy of separate, individual writing suites with bedroom, private bath, writing area, WiFi, a/c, mini-fridges and coffee makers, and with all meals provided, our residents write, and write, and write!
March, 2015
Artist-in-Residence/Virginia Center for the Creative Arts/ Amherst
The solitary time artists receive at VCCA allows them to focus on their work without interruptions. The few weeks that artists spend at VCCA often leads to more progress than they had made in the previous several months.
June, 2014
Writer-in-Residence/Horned Dorset Colony/ Leonardsville
Eligibilty is presently limited to artists, over the age of 21, who have demonstrated exceptional talent in the fields of ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, CREATIVE WRITING, CREATIVE WRITING TRANSLATION, MUSICAL COMPOSITION, or VISUAL ARTS.
February, 2014
Writer-in-Residence/Playa Summer Lake/ Paisley
PLAYA supports independent individuals by giving them time and space to focus on their creative work and personal process. While at PLAYA, residents comprise a cohort that depends on the respect and good intentions of all for a positive experience.
April, 2008
Artist Residency/Kimmel Harding Center for the Arts/ Nebraska City
Awards up to seventy juried residencies per year to established and emerging visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Residencies are available for 2 to 8 weeks.
June, 2001
Writer-in-Residence/Blue Mountain Center/ Blue Mountains
Offers month-long residency sessions. These sessions are open to creative and non-fiction writers, activists, and artists of all disciplines. Applications are reviewed by accomplished authors and artists who are particularly interested in fine work that evinces social and ecologi
October, 2021
Writer-in-Residence/PlySpace/ Muncie
An artist-in-residence program dedicated to offering visual artists, writers, performers, designers, and other creative individuals time and space to investigate and pursue their own practices.
October, 2022
Writer-in-Residence/The Anderson Center/ Red Wing
Provides residencies of two to four weeks’ duration from May through October each year to enable artists, writers, musicians, and performers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment to create, advance, or complete work.


Mills college
MFA in Fiction Writing
Critical Race Theory & Intersectionality Summer School
Certificate, Forbidden Knowledge Fights Back: Unleashing the Transformative Power of Critical Race Theory
Hosted by the African American Policy Forum
Critical Race Theory & Intersectionality Summer School
Certificate, Key Concepts in the Fight Against Anti-Black Racism
Hosted by the African American Policy Forum


April, 2023
Lyric Essay As Resistance: Truth From the Margins/Wayne State University Press/ Detroit
September, 2019
Edited by Shizue Siegel
May, 2015
642 Tiny Things to Write About/Chronicle books/ San Francisco
Edited by Po Bronson
May, 2012
The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays/Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing/ Deadwood
July, 2020
Third Eye/Natural Bridge
June, 2020
Tracks of Passage/Midnight & Indigo
June, 2020
Jaywalking/Maryland Literary Review
January, 2020
Taking Liberties/The Write Launch
vol. 1, no. 33
January, 2017
Saddest Tale/The Los Angeles Review/ Los Angeles
January, 2014
Molasses Sugar/Portland Review/ Portland
vol. 61, no. 1
January, 2012
Portrait/The Ampersand Review
vol. 7
December, 2016
Signatures’ 5 Years Later: Lyzette Wanzer Responds/The Naked Truth
January, 2020
Yellow/Blue Literary Magazine
The Angel Issue
June, 2017
Latent Image/Chautauqua Journal
July, 2014
Precipice/Journal of Advanced Development
July, 2014
Escheresque/Journal of Advanced Development
May, 2012
The Gamin and The Gamine/Journal of Advanced Development
November, 2018
The Human Development Program 2.0/San Francisco University High School Jou/ San Francisco
vol. XXIV, no. No. 2
November, 2018
The UHS Presence Program/San Francisco University High School Jou/ San Francisco
vol. XXIV, no. No. 2
September, 2021
Twisted (excerpt)/The San Francisco Chronicle/ San Francisco
Tell Us the Story About Your Hair
December, 2018
August, 2014
18 Aug. 2014

Press Mentions

August, 2020
Lydia Sviatoslavsky, 19 Aug. 2020
June, 2020
The Writers Grotto Carves out New Paths to Survive/San Francisco Chronicle/ San Francisco
Denise Sullivan, 1 June 2020
March, 2019
Zoë Bossiere and Erica Trabold, 4 March 2019
June, 2018
Dr. September Williams, 29 June 2018
August, 2016
Evan Karp, 26 Aug. 2016
May, 2016
Lyzette Wanzer on Having a Thick Skin/SF Weekly/Litseen/ San Francisco
Rebecca Samuelson, 19 May 2016
July, 2012
Craig Reinbold, 7 July 2012