Désirée’s work has reached new audiences in these anthologies.

Killin’ Time in San Diego (2023)

A gripping anthology edited by Holly West, featuring twenty of today’s best crime and mystery writers. Published in conjunction with Bouchercon 2023, this new anthology peels back the postcard-perfect image of San Diego to expose its darker side.

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South Central Noir (2022)

In his review David Ulin writes: And it also marks what may be my favorite piece of writing in the book, Désirée Zamorano’s “If Found Please Return to Abigail Serna 158 3/4 E MLK Blvd,” in which a grade-school student assigned to keep a journal (“My school counselor said that I have to do this,” she begins) inadvertently records the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the instant that the quarantine is declared.

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GATHERING is a collection of poems, essays, stories, and plays by Women Who Submit (WWS) members. In spite of all that has plagued the world in 2020-2021, WWS members continued to gather across the country, share resources, encourage literary submissions, and support each other with claps and cheers. This gathering of literary voices celebrates WWS’s commitment to empowering women and nonbinary writers over the last 10 years. Buy it.

Accolades (2020)

A compilation of stunning poetry, essays and fiction by members of Women Who Submit, including Desiree’s “The Upholsterer.”

¡Pa’Que Tu Lo Sepas! (2019)

Sales of this collection benefited the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. In “Bobby’s Leave—1968” Désirée shares a heart-rending excerpt from her forthcoming novel, Dispossessed.

Obama Inheritance (2018)

Désirée’s contribution, post 2016, “Deep State,” is marvelous wish-fulfillment. This noir-meets-diversity collection won the 2018 Anthony Award for Best Anthology.

Only Light Can Do That (2016)

A compilation of stunning poetry, essays and fiction by members of PEN USA

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