Colette Uncensored, the play Zack coauthored with Lorri Holt about the French writer Colette, is returning to The Marsh in Berkeley, California, from October 6 to November 4, 2017. The play originally ran for five months at The Marsh in San Francisco and Berkeley in 2016. Lorri plays Colette and many of the characters in her life. Positive reviews appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, Theatre Eddys, Stark Insider, and other media. The play is directed by David Ford. Colette Uncensored was nominated for best solo show by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and by Theatre Bay Area.
On February 22, 2018, Zack will be speaking to students in literary translation and creative writing at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He will speak on “Falling in Love with a Book: Literary Translation as an Intimate Relationship.” Zack will also read recent poems and translations.
From mid-April to mid-May 2018, Zack will be in residency at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy, working on a volume of Selected Translations.
On Monday, July 17, 2017, Zack read in the Northern Renaissance Arts & Science Reading Series at the University of Alaska Anchorage, reading with fiction writer Rich Chiappone.
On June 16, 2017, the jazz vocalist Carrie Wicks sang a lyric that Zack coauthored with Carrie, “So What Do You Do?” at a performance in Duvall, Washington.
The play Groucho for President, which Zack coauthored with Richard Chiappone, had its first staged reading in the JETFest new play festival at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre in West Bloomfield, Michigan, on June 5, 2017.
Surrealism and Its American Co-Conspirators was an event where Zack read (and sang!) with poet Bill Zavatsky on May 23, 2017, at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Manhattan. Bill and Zack read poems they translated by French surrealist André Breton, and their own work. Bill accompanied Zack on piano for "The Sticky Blues" and sang a number of his own.
Zack read at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California, on February 15, 2017, at the beautiful Wiegand Gallery, an 1874 carriage house built from stone quarried right on the campus.
Zack chaired and took part in a panel titled "From Translation to Performance" at the conference of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) in Oakland, California, on October 8, 2016. He also read in the conference's bilingual reading series.
Zack gave a talk at the Catamaran Writers Conference in Pebble Beach, California, in August 2016. The topic was, "How to Be an American Writer: Expatriates, Populists, Internal Exiles, Critics, and Satirists."
Zack was interviewed by the online translation magazine Intralingo. He talked about the joys and pitfalls of translation, collaborators, and favorite projects.
Zack appeared on the radio show Desert Island Jazz. DJ Alisa Clancy interviewed Zack on station KCSM in San Mateo, California, about his new book of poetry, Talking with the Radio: poems inspired by jazz and popular music. Zack played some of his favorite jazz and folk tunes and read and sang poems. The audio of the show is posted on YouTube.