VIDA Reads with Writers — Wendy C. Ortiz!

What are you reading on the subway or in the waiting room today?51ycNaz6n3L._SX415_BO1,204,203,200_

Butcher’s Tree by Feng Sun Chen and Maison Femme by Teresa Carmody


What book popped for you in 2015?

Slab by Selah Saterstrom


Whose words do you return to regularly?

I keep Handwriting by Michael Ondaatje on my night table.


Is there an author you can’t wait to read next?

There are many I can’t wait to read next. Ottessa Moshfegh, Myriam Gurba, and Maggie Nelson come to mind.


What are you working on now? What can VIDA fans look forward to from you next?

At the moment I’m editing my forthcoming book from CCM, Bruja, which will be released 10/31/16. I’m keeping a public notebook on tumblr and have a feeling some of what’s there, its revisions and new incarnations, may end up in the next thing.


headshot; monica orozco; demonicaphoto; toni mayerWENDY C. ORTIZ is the author of Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books, 2014), Hollywood Notebook(Writ Large Press, 2015) and the forthcoming Bruja (CCM, 2016). Her work has been profiled or featured in theLos Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Rumpus, and the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog. Her writing has appeared in such places as The New York Times, Hazlitt, Vol. 1 Brooklyn,The Nervous Breakdown, and a year-long series appeared at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Wendy lives in Los Angeles.