Zachary Alan Doss

December 13, 1984March 15, 2018
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Zachary Alan Doss was born on December 13, 1984, and passed away on March 15, 2018. He is survived by brothers Cody and Jacob, father Alan, and his loving mother Susan, as well as uncle Sydney Bowie, aunt Sharon Bowie, and two cousins in California. He is also survived by his uncle Breon and aunt Sherri and numerous cousins in Texas. Zach was born in Merced, California. He also lived in Mountain View, California; Oahu, Hawaii; Oak Harbor, Washington; Spring, Texas; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Los Angeles, California.

Zach was heavily involved in Houston’s theater scene before becoming a writer. He received his BA in theater arts and English from the University of Houston and his MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and he was currently a PhD fellow in creative writing and literature at the University of Southern California. He served as editor-in-chief of Gold Line Press and editor of the literary journal Black Warrior Review. He was also a fiction reader at Ploughshares literary journal and a fiction editor at Banango Street. His work is widely published in journals and magazines, and he was currently at work on a book of connected short stories as well as a queer fabulist novel. He was an ardent supporter of feminist and anti-racist causes as well as gay rights. He was a beloved friend, and he will be missed by many.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2018, at Forest Park the Woodlands Funeral Home, 18000 I-45 South, The Woodlands, Texas.


  • Mildred's Umbrella
  • Reedley College C/O Laurie Bolton (Zachary A. Doss Memorial Scholarship Fund)


  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Reception Friday, March 23, 2018

Zachary Alan Doss

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Heather Luckey

March 22, 2018

I was not close to Zach but I enjoyed colorful conversations with him at a few parties. I was so very sad to hear of his passing. I know he brought a lot of laughter, love and friendship to a lot of people. I wish to send comfort and love to those who are grieving during this very difficult time.

Christie Guidry

March 21, 2018

Sweet friend, thank you for your hugs, your laughter and your beautiful spirit. I will love and miss you always.

Kim Bini

March 21, 2018

My sweet Boo Boo. You are so loved, by so many, and I bet you had no idea. Rest easy, my dear friend. Thank you for the laughter.

Jim Johnson

March 21, 2018

I mostly remember Zach for being a friendly listener who also had a quick, acerbic wit. He was a quiet observer much of the time, but he was great at flinging some glorious sarcasm my way. I can still picture him in the green room at UH, giving me a look as I walk by... It was great to see how he continued to develop and mature his work over time. Smart, funny, kind, and talented.

Nancy Wozny

March 21, 2018

Zach wrote for me at Arts + Culture on and off for many years. His writing was so insightful. His last story was about how much Houston theater had changed during the five years that he was getting his MFA, and as always, it was terrific. He inspired me, in fact, he loved to tell me that he was my muse! And he was. It was Zach who told me to write about fatigue in the arts, my most read story ever. He will be so missed.

Reesa Graham

March 20, 2018

What can I say about this lovely amazing sweet smart funny creative human. I'm still trying to find words about all of this. Give me a few days and I'll try again. For now, it's enough to say I loved him. And I am glad that he loved me too. I'm glad I had him in my life. And I am sending so many thoughts to everyone who knew and loved him.

Jennifer Doctorovich

March 20, 2018

I will always remember your sassy sense of humor and your intelligence. But I also think it is fair to say that you were everyone's friend. You were always kind and compassionate. I'm sorry I didn't get to reconnect with you these last few years. You will be missed by many, Zach.

John Dunn

March 20, 2018

Rest well, my ever witty friend. Your talent for snark was pure and often made me jealous. Wish I had seen you more often.

Elisabeth Meindl

March 20, 2018

You're my person, always will be, and I'll always love you. Xo Boo.

Van VanAlstyne

March 20, 2018

Zach was my student at University of Houston in 1301 drawing. We were close in age and stayed close after the class. I ended up on April Winchell's defunct page Regretsy, and Zach was the one who let me know I had been listed, and we spent hours laughing about it. I was looking forward to him visiting me while I lived in Vegas and he lived in LA, and I wish I had lured him out with candy and sweets. I don't even know what to say really, he was funny, on point, brilliant ,and I will miss the heck out of him. Check out his writing, and you will be happy you did.