Wendy Ortiz

Wendy C. Ortiz

author, Excavation


Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books, 2014) and Hollywood Notebook (Writ Large Press, 2015). Wendy wrote the year-long, monthly column “On the Trail of Mary Jane,” about medical marijuana dispensary culture in Southern California for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus, PANK, Brain, Child magazine and other journals. An essay that appeared in The Nervous Breakdown was translated into Italian for the online journal Abbiamo Le Prove. She has twice been a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook, a rural writing retreat for women writers. She is co-founder, curator, and host of the long-running Rhapsodomancy Reading Series. Wendy is a mother and marriage and family therapist intern in Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Meiko Takechi Arquillo