Editor Laura Cogan is making a big splash with this newest issues of ZYZZYVA. Cogan says the publication has worked on a redesign with Three Steps Ahead, the same California firm behind ZYZZYVA’s new website. “ZYZZYVA’s original print design, created with care by Thomas Ingalls & Associates in 1985, was elegant and restrained,” Cogan writes in her editor’s note. “We kept in mind the clarity and the spare beauty of their vision as we sought to add other elements speaking to the pleasures of print, to the craft of bookmaking, and to the stimulating quietude of reading. We considered paper weight and tone, typesetting and titles, mingled serifs with sans-serifs, discussed the old-fashioned whimsy of endpapers — always with a view toward presenting stories, poetry, and art in the best way possible.”
Additionally – and probably most stunning for regular readers of ZYZZYVA is the cover design, which is reflective of the addition of the journal’s first-ever full-color art feature: photographic portraits by Katy Grannan and paintings by Julio Cesar Morales.