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Wendy C. Ortiz is a Los Angeles native. She is the author of Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books, 2014), Hollywood Notebook (Writ Large Press, 2015), and the dreamoir Bruja (CCM). In 2016 Bustle named her one of “9 Women Writers Who Are Breaking New Nonfiction Territory.” Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles TimesThe Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog. Her writing has appeared in such venues as The New York TimesJoyland, StoryQuarterly, and a year-long series appeared at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Most recently her  “Urban Liminal” series of texts appear alongside signature graphic representations of the projects of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects in the book Amplified Urbanism (2017). Wendy is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles.

The Special Collections and Archives Department at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville Campus invited Wendy to archive personal materials in their Living Writers Archive in March 2017. Wendy’s zine from the 1990s, Freefeeder, is archived at the Ruel Gaviola Zine Collection at University of California at Santa Barbara; Bowling Green State University; SUNY at Buffalo; and Yale University.

Wendy is a recipient of two writing residencies at Hedgebrook (2007 and 2009). In 2015 she adapted a short play from her essay “Spell” for One Axe in collaboration with and directed by Meera Menon (Farah Goes BangEquity).

Wendy has read and spoken at a number of universities including UC San Diego, UCR Palm Desert Low Residency MFA, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, UC Santa Barbara, Eastern Illinois University, CSU Chico, CSU Fresno, Santa Monica College, Northwestern University, Riverside Community College, and Antioch University Los Angeles.

(author photo credit: Monica Orozco, demonica photo)

Twitter: @WendyCOrtiz  

tumblr: wendycortiz.tumblr.com

9 Women Writers Who Are Breaking New Nonfiction Territory in Bustle

Discussion of Excavation and Hollywood Notebook by Lesley Heiser in The Rumpus

Second appearance on OTHERPPL Podcast with Brad Listi, Oct. 19th, 2016

KCHUNG Oracle Hour with Wendy C. Ortiz: audio interview with The Oracle of Los Angeles Amanda Yates Garcia 

The BinderCast interview with Lux Alptraum, Episode 10, “Wendy C. Ortiz is Controlling Her Own Narrative”

Tiny Spills at Cosmonauts Avenue

“Writerly, Weird, and Unwieldy: An Interview with Wendy C. Ortiz” in FORTH Magazine, June 2015

This Writer’s On Fire, week of May 18, 2015, highlights Wendy’s work, at The Butter

Wendy announced as a writer in One Axe Plays Spring 2015 Showcase

“Let’s Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners” in Poets & Writers magazine, Nov./Dec. 2014

Interview with Martha Grover for Somnambulist Zine, March 2015

OTHERPPL Podcast with Brad Listi

Interview with Paul Massignani for Hypertext Magazine, November 2014

Interview with Brian Kornell for PANK magazine blog, September 2014

Largehearted Boy playlist, August 2014

Interview with Sarah Einstein for Brevity Nonfiction Blog, July 2014

Interview in Midnight Breakfast, June 2014

Jessica Dewberry profiles Wendy for Los Angeles Review of Books

Writer, with Kids Interview on Cari Luna’s website

Praise for “Mudhoney” in Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Specter Magazine interviews Wendy in November 2013 issue

Interview with Eloise Klein Healy for The Rumpus

Interview with Louise Mathias in The Rumpus

Interview with Paul of Captain Pete’s Bait & Tackle in The Rumpus