Wendy C. Ortiz is a Los Angeles native. Her first book, Excavation: A Memoir, will be published by Future Tense Books in summer 2014. Her second book, Hollywood Notebook, is forthcoming from Writ Large Press in 2014. She currently writes the monthly column "On the Trail of Mary Jane" about medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles for McSweeney's Internet Tendency.
Wendy holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. A Writer-in-Residence at Hedgebrook in 2007 and 2009, Wendy is also co-founder and curator of the Rhapsodomancy Reading Series at the Good Luck Bar in Hollywood. She has read at various venues, including the West Hollywood Book Fair (Los Angeles), The Knitting Factory (Los Angeles), World Stage (Los Angeles), the Echo Park Poetry Festival (Los Angeles), and the first Ladyfest in Olympia, Washington in 2000. Wendy has written op-eds for The Olympian and the Los Angeles Times, as well as numerous articles for Works In Progress in Olympia, Washington.
Wendy is an adjunct faculty in creative writing and has also facilitated creative writing workshops with Los Angeles youth in juvenile detention facilities. While living in Olympia, Washington, she was a mudwrestler, library worker, and editor and publisher of 4th Street, a handbound literary journal. Wendy received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College in 1995 and lived in Olympia, Washington for eight years before returning to Los Angeles.
Wendy is at work on a book based on her Modern Love essay published in The New York Times, as well as a poetry collection. She writes, parents, and works as a marriage and family therapist intern in Los Angeles.
She can be found on Twitter: @WendyCOrtiz
On tumblr: wendycortiz.tumbler.com
"It Only Takes One" in Hedgebrook Farmhouse Table Blog
:: UPCOMING READINGS ::
Wed. Sept. 18th, 6 p.m.
The RADAR Reading Series: Underground + Independent Writers + Artists at the San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St, San Francisco, California 94102.
Featuring Imogen Binnie, Kevin Simmonds, Wendy C. Ortiz and Katie Haegele.
Rhapsodomancy Reading Series, Los Angeles
Wendy will be reading at the 9th anniversary of Rhapsodomancy, Sunday, October 13th, 2013.
Fri. Oct. 18, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Robert Krut book release This Is the Ocean. Reading with Sarah Maclay and Wendy C. Ortiz.
Stories Books, 1716 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026
Wed. Oct. 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
The Local Salon as part of the NoHo Lit Crawl.
Five queer women share true stories about life in Los Angeles, and turn the Local Salon into a literary salon. Featured Writers: Cheryl Klein, Nicole Kristal, Bronwyn Mauldin, Wendy Oleson and Wendy C. Ortiz.
:: Other Awards & Achievements ::
- Finalist, the William Allen Creative Nonfiction Prize of The Journal, the literary magazine of The Ohio State University, April 2006.
- Co-editor and co-publisher of Lounge Lit: An Anthology of Poetry and Fiction by the Writers of Literati Cocktail and Rhapsodomancy. Los Angeles: LitRhap Press, 2005.
- Finalist, University of Arizona Poetry Center Summer Residency, 2003.
- Fellowship to Idyllwild Summer Poetry Program, July 2003.
- Finalist for the Firebox Fiction/Fifty-Fifty Award, Night Train magazine, Summer 2002.
- Prose Poetry and Anarchist Praxis: Creative Agents of Radical Transformation, critical paper, submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MFA In Creative Writing, Antioch University Los Angeles, Summer/Fall 2001.
- Invited to teach "The Language of Inclusion," a one-time workshop, co-sponsored by the Students of Color Anthology at The Evergreen State College, as part of The Campus Week of Dialogue on Race, a national initiative sponsored by President Clinton's One America, October 2000.
- Self-published zine Freefeeder catalogued at State University of New York at Buffalo, Yale University Library, and the Ruel Gaviola Zine Collection at University of California Santa Barbara.
- 1993 Dutton’s Short Story Award, Los Angeles Valley College for fiction.