Zayra Yves is an International mixed media artist, creative writer, poet and certified professional coach. 


Zayra's creative writing is published in numerous print journals, anthologies, on-line e-zines and magazines: The Zimbabwe Situation, Panhandler Quarterly, Voices for Africa, Eyes of the Poet, Kreativ, Reflections IIT Madras (India), Edge Life Magazine, Poetry Life & Times, Astropoetica, Alehouse Press, 34th Parallel, Feeling is First, Memoir (and), Aquillrelle, The Enchanting Verses International Journal; The Cherry Muse; Some Voices Sing, an Anthology of Hope; Women, Mujeres, IXOQ, Revolutionary Visions; The Wide Open Sky; Poetic Velocity, a poetry anthology; Open Your Eyes; Fractured Poetics; Impressions & Expressions, an International Anthology of Contemporary Poets; GOG International Magazine.

She has appeared as a featured artist and/or guest speaker at: New Sun Celebration; CIIS California Institute of Integral Studies; on Ken Wilber's Integral Naked (2006 & 2007);OneMindVillage; West Marin Community Radio; SW Radio Africa; North Western University Chicago; Zimvibes; Coolfire (UK); Women's Radio Network; Perfectly Said; Mazungue Studio One; TWiN (UK); Genpo Roshi and Bill Harris' Big Heart/Big Mind seminiar in LA; UltraFeel TV; UniVerse of Poetry; The Awareness Network and Blog Talk Radio. 

Awards include:

2010 - Zayra was the winning poet of the "An African Legend: White Lions and Leopards" contest. She joined the conservation team at Tsau where the White Lions live in Timbavati, South Africa, as her prize, plus publication in the book.

2012 - Zayra received the World Poetry Empowered Poet 2012 award beside several other amazing International poets at the World Poetry Canada & International Peace Festival 2012.

2013- Zayra received the “Woman of Goodwill Award” and “Plaque of Appreciation” for her role as a Panelist at Pentasi B in the Philippines.

2014 - Zayra received the WIN award in Canada. 

Her short story "Exit Ashes, Exit Blues, Exit This Life" won an honorable mention in Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope All Story contest.

Zayra's fine art collection has appeared from 1998 to present at the following California locations: Dore Dore Gallery, San Mateo; Somar Gallery, San Francisco; UC Berkeley, San Francisco Campus; Body Harmony, San Francisco; Dana Street Cafe, Mountain View; Cafe Libro, Mountain View; Maitri Art Show & Auction, Embarcadero Center; Cad's Coffee Shop, Los Osos; One World Cafe, San Francisco; The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles; The Artist's Alley, San Francisco; The Minna Gallery, San Francisco. Twitter Postcard Art for a Cause, International.

She has three audio collections: 1.) Crowned Compassion 2.) Sleep in the Sea Tonight with Me 3.) Lanterns In addition, she is the author of four books: 1.) Empty as Nirvana 2.) Ordinary Substance 3.) Color Me Pomegranate 4.) Leaving You Unpainted

You can purchase these collections directly on line. Currently she is producing a new audio recording and a fine art collection.