Wendy C. Ortiz

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Wendy C. Ortiz
Wendy C. Ortiz Author Photo.jpeg
Born (1973-05-16) May 16, 1973 (age 45)
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Occupation non-fiction writer, essayist, memoirist
Nationality American
Genre literary nonfiction

Wendy C. Ortiz (born 1973) is an American essayist, creative nonfiction writer, fiction writer, psychotherapist, and poet.[1]


Wendy C. Ortiz was born in Los Angeles, California in 1973.[1] She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College in 1995 and lived in Olympia, Washington for eight years before returning to Los Angeles[2] where she presently resides. While living in Olympia, Washington, Ortiz was a mudwrestler, library worker, and editor and publisher of 4th Street, a handbound literary journal.

Ortiz earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (2002)[3] as well as her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (2010)[3] from Antioch University in Los Angeles, California.[1]

She was co-founder, curator and host of the Rhapsodomancy Reading Series, which began at the Good Luck Bar in Los Angeles in 2004 and continued through 2015.[4] Ortiz was a Writer-in-Residence at Hedgebrook in 2007 and 2009.[1] In 2015 she adapted a short play from her essay "Spell" in collaboration with and directed by Meera Menon for One Axe Productions. In Spring 2018, she served as visiting writer of creative nonfiction in the MFA Program at CalArts. Wendy is a psychotherapist in private practice.


Ortiz is the author of three books: Excavation: A Memoir, (Future Tense Books, 2014)[5] Hollywood Notebook (Writ Large Press, 2015),[6][7] and Bruja (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016).[8][9] A second edition of Hollywood Notebook will be published by CCM and WritLarge Press in 2018.

Critical Reception[edit]

Amy Sachs at Bustle named Excavation: A Memoir one of "11 Groundbreaking Books About Women Making History With Their Thinking, Activism, And Courage" and JoAnna Novak at Bustle calls Ortiz, one of "9 Women Writers Who Are Breaking New Nonfiction Territory."

Of her books Excavation and Hollywood Notebook, Lesley Heiser at The Rumpus wrote, "With her bold books, Ortiz defies society to ignore her, to resist her. But we're becoming more and more aware of her. Her dark blossoming is changing us." [10]

Of Hollywood Notebook, Jeva Lange at Electric Literature said, "The entire project becomes nearly reminiscent of the self-musings of Maggie Nelson, if Nelson were consulting astrological charts rather than philosophy…Hollywood Notebook, then, is a sui generis gem, and one to take advantage of immediately."

Ellie Robins at the Los Angeles Times called the prose in Bruja "spare and at times mesmerizing" and added, "Ortiz celebrates [the] dark side of the human mind, nowhere more so than in Bruja...It's testament to Ortiz's courage as a memoirist that she's willing to live for a while on this submarine plane, among the elements that dictate her fate — and to invite her readers along for the show." [11]

The three books have appeared on a number of new books, best books, and other literary lists around the web. All three books are taught around the United States in various undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs.


Excavation: A Memoir, Future Tense Books, 2014.

Hollywood Notebook, Writ Large Press, 2015.

Bruja, Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016.


  1. ^ a b c d "Author's Bio". Poets & Writers Author's Bio. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  2. ^ Little, Karly. "Wendy C. Ortiz. Author". Lunch Ticket. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  3. ^ a b "Wendy C. Ortiz Alumni Bio". The Evergreen State College Alumni Bio. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Los Angeles Review of Books Wendy C. Ortiz". Los Angeles Review of Books. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Future Tense Books Order Page". Future Tense Books. 12 November 2001. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Good Reads Author Bio". Good Reads. 9 December 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  7. ^ Ortiz, Wendy. Hollywood Notebook. Los Angeles, CA: Writ Large Press. ISBN 0981483674.
  8. ^ Ortiz, Wendy. Bruja. Los Angeles, CA: Civil Coping Mechanisms. ISBN 193786569X.
  9. ^ "Bruja by Wendy C. Ortiz". CCM. CCM-Entropy. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  10. ^ "The Rumpus Home Page". The Rumpus. 12 November 2001. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  11. ^ "The Los Angeles Times". The Los Angeles Times. 12 November 2001. Retrieved 7 February 2018.

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