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A point of transition, or when lined up, many points, creating a line, a curve, a crossing, a passage.

I write the monthly column "On the Trail of Mary Jane" for McSweeney's Internet Tendency. I have essays, poetry, fiction, and interviews in The New York Times, The Nervous Breakdown, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Rumpus, PANK, The Coachella Review, Specter Magazine, and more. My first book, EXCAVATION: A MEMOIR will be released in July 2014 (http://bit.ly/excavationbook). HOLLYWOOD NOTEBOOK is slated for release from Writ Large Press in November 2014. You can also visit me somewhat more statically at www.wendyortiz.com.

Olympia. Photos by my friend Gary Wessels-Galbreath.

9 hours ago
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Seattle reading with Elizabeth J. Colen & me at the home of one of my best friends under the perfect summer afternoon sky. This remarkable group of people came out, including my half-sister & her fiancé. Amazing ending to an amazing little book tour.

2 days ago
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Phenomenal writer & friend Karrie Higgins takes Excavation: A Memoir on the Salt Flats, Utah.

3 days ago
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Berkeley: Pegasus Bookstore reading with Tomas Moniz, Brynn Saito & Jan Richman. Photos by a pro photographer who happened to be there. :)

3 days ago
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On the Trail of Mary Jane: Dabs, Girlz, and Restraining Orders.

4 days ago
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Small Plates: Excerpt from Excavation: A Memoir by Wendy C. Ortiz

A short excerpt from my book appears as a Small Plate in Midnight Breakfast, with an incredibly lovely intro by Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Rubinstein. 

5 days ago
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Pegasus Bookstore, Berkeley reading with Tomas Moniz, Brynn Saito, and Jan Richman. Friends from different times of my life came out. We sweated, hugged, & laughed together in the reading space (not even a cold beer could cool me.)

6 days ago
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Misty walk through a community garden in San Francisco this morning.

1 week ago
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chelseahodson:

Inventory #574: Excavation by Wendy C. Ortiz
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REGARDING THE FUTURE
This will be hot angry tears and hanging up the phone, later. This will be promises broken and fingers touching clandestinely in classrooms. But right now, this is power in the curve of my hip, the way I turn to face him, the mystery of my turtleneck sweater, power in the sound of my whisper, power in the arch of my back and pout of my lips. This is fire, air, drowning, gushing, purging. This is illegal.
—Wendy C. Ortiz

<3 <3 <3

chelseahodson:

Inventory #574: Excavation by Wendy C. Ortiz

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REGARDING THE FUTURE

This will be hot angry tears and hanging up the phone, later. This will be promises broken and fingers touching clandestinely in classrooms. But right now, this is power in the curve of my hip, the way I turn to face him, the mystery of my turtleneck sweater, power in the sound of my whisper, power in the arch of my back and pout of my lips. This is fire, air, drowning, gushing, purging. This is illegal.

—Wendy C. Ortiz

<3 <3 <3

1 day ago
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Olympia reading at Midnight Sun. Patty Kinney, Kevin Sampsell, me. And then these guys, my bros at The Brotherhood.

2 days ago
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Los Angeles Times today. Dang.

3 days ago
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Powell’s, downtown Portland. Beer on a train. Bees in Olympia.

4 days ago
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'Excavation' digs up memories of an illicit child-teacher relationship - LA Times

I have no other words right now but Holy Fucking Shit. Thanks to Hector Tobar for this beautiful write-up.

5 days ago
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After this reading & convo there was signing of books, a man asked me if I was wearing a wig, and I saw the video for Bubble Butts on a huge screen in a bar. Before this reading I used a single public bathroom with a friend just like we did when were 15, 16 years old. She also asked me a question at the Q & A about my book and teenage girl sexuality that made me very happy the book is out there, already having a good life so far.

5 days ago
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11 MOVING BEACH READS THAT'LL HAVE YOU WEEPING INTO YOUR PINA COLADA

Désirée Zamorano, Megan Stielstra, & I can make you cry. Let us try. 

6 days ago
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