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Mary Otis

Biography

Mary Otis is the award-winning author of the short story collection Yes, Yes, Cherries. Her stories and essays have been published in Best New American Voices (Harcourt), Tin House, Electric Literature, Zyzzyva, McSweeney’s, Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books Fiction Issue, The Santa Monica Review, the Berkeley Literary Journal and in numerous other venues. Her writing has been performed by WordTheatre and recorded for Electric Literature. Her writing is anthologized in Woof: Fiction Writers on Dogs (Viking), Do Me: Tales of Love and Sex (Tin House), and My First Novel (Writer’s Tribe Books). Her story "Pilgrim Girl" received an Honorable Mention for the Pushcart Prize, and her story "Unstruck" was a Distinguished Story of the Year in Best American Short Stories. Her poetry was recently published in Zyzzyva and new poems are forthcoming from Bennington Review in 2022. Mary attended Bennington College and previously taught creative writing in the UCLA Writers’ Program. She was a founding professor of the UC Riverside Low-Residency MFA Program where she taught for twelve years. Her novel, Burst, will be published by Zibby Books in 2023.