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Wendy C. Ortiz

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B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1995
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Antioch University Los Angeles
M.A. in Psychology, Antioch University Los Angeles


Wendy Ortiz

Biographical Note

Wendy C. Ortiz is a Los Angeles native. Recent publications include The New York Times, PANK Magazine, and Specter Magazine. She 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. Link to Rhapsodomancy

Wendy 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.

She has been a creative writing teacher of undergraduate university students as well as Los Angeles youth in juvenile detention facilities. While living in Olympia, Washington, she was a mud wrestler, library worker, and editor and publisher of a handbound literary journal. She received a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in 1995 and lived in Olympia, Washington for eight years before returning to Los Angeles. She is currently at work on a memoir and a poetry collection. 

Publication Types

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Journalist/Columnist

Latest Publication Title

"Newly Wed and Quickly Unraveling," The New York Times

Publication Excerpt

"Newly Wed and Quickly Unraveling"

Additional Publication Titles

"Jumbo's" in Specter Magazine
"Interiors" in PANK Magazine
"Black Car Land" in Specter Magazine
"The Fence" in Gender Across Borders  

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