Tabs open on your screen right now:
“Aubade with Burning City” by Ocean Vuong at Poetry Magazine (audio); “100 Bells” by Tarfia Faizullah at Poetry Magazine (audio); Vimeo of Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo’s poem “Our Lady of the Water Gallons”; Wikipedia entry on Bastet; gold body paint options.

If you had to brag about yourself:
I’m left-handed, intensely perceptive, and handsome like some animals are handsome.

Your writer crush:
plural and ever-changing.
Today: Myriam Gurba, Samantha Irby, Chelsea Hodson, Lux Alptraum, & Sara Sutterlin.

Favorite lyric:
From Pink Floyd’s “Eclipse”:

All that you touch
All that you see
All that you taste
All you feel
All that you love
All that you hate
All you distrust
All you save
All that you give
All that you deal
All that you buy
beg, borrow or steal
All you create
All you destroy
All that you do
All that you say
All that you eat
everyone you meet
All that you slight
everyone you fight
All that is now
All that is gone
All that’s to come
And everything under the sun is in tune
But the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

Any place in the world:
Joshua Tree, California

Best breakfast:
mango & never-ending French press coffee

Sweetest thing:
my kid’s voice telling me a story: “And then…and then….”

Your rituals (writing or not):
coffee, cigarettes, the occasional vice, hiking the same trail three times a week, writing two pages in a journal every day…

Least impressive thing about you:
I scored 45% in math on the pre-S.A.T. and would probably score the same, or less, now.

What should we know:
Because I lived in Olympia, Washington between 1993-2001, I mostly saw whatever films played at the film society, and therefore missed most of whatever mainstream culture’s movies were during those years.

Guilty literary pleasure:
at the moment, Knausgård, though it’s not as much guilty as it is, Oh, I’m into this, really into this, huh, interesting (I’ve read books 1-3 of My Struggle in the last few months).

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Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books, 2014), Hollywood Notebook (Writ Large Press, 2015), and the dreamoir Bruja (CCM, 2016). Her work has been profiled or featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, and the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog. Wendy lives in Los Angeles. Visit her public notebook: wendycortiz.tumblr.com.

 

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