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Best of the Bay

September 24, 2011

A big thanks to Creative Loafing for awarding me “Best New Long-Form Narrator” in its 2011 Best of the Bay issue. And a bigger thanks to the bosses who have long supported and improved my writing, especially my editor (and an award-winning feature writer herself) Patty Ryan. Here it is:

BEST NEW LONG-FORM NARRATOR

Alexandra Zayas,
St. Petersburg Times

In an era when media often cater to the shortest possible attention span, the Timescontinues to support long-form narrative by writers like Lane DeGregory, Michael Kruse and Ben Montgomery; their prose only occasionally makes its way into the paper, but it always makes a maximum impact. This year you can add the 28-year-old Zayas to the list of reporters skilled in writing “creative non-fiction” — in her case, chronicling the human stories that unfold within the Hillsborough County court system. In 2011 she was moved off the regular courts beat, but she’s still utilized for breaking judicial cases (Kevin White, Jared Cano).

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