Tanya Zilinskas | Writer


Tanya Žilinskas is a first generation American and forever Californian. Her fiction seeks to redefine the reader’s idea of domestic spaces, to defamiliarize the familiar, and to subvert the expectations put on female characters, especially as related to motherhood, aging, and marriage.

She is currently revising a California Gothic novel-in-stories.

Tanya’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, The Florida Review, Meetinghouse, The Bureau Dispatch, MumberMag, X-R-A-Y, and Atticus Review. Her writing has received support from Writing by Writers, Desert Nights, Rising Stars, and the University of San Francisco.

Tanya is the editor-in-chief of Invisible City and an MFA candidate at the University of San Francisco.



There was the feeling of something, stubbornly anchored.
Read at Meetinghouse

On the other side is everything

Mira Ayer knew the previous owner of the house had died there.
Read at The Florida Review

wholesome family fun

That’s what this is, Dad keeps saying, a whole day full of it.
Read at Atticus Review

bad seeds

You were supposed to turn them over to the Department of Agriculture if you received them. Read at X-R-A-Y