Mary Otis




WordTheatre: "She" (With Michelle Latiolais)

Performed readings

June 3, 2019, 12 Noon

The Federal, 5303 Lankersheim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA

Los Angeles Festival of Books

Had a great time moderating the “Disappearing Acts” panel at this year’s LATFOB with panelists Lydia Millet, Alexander Chee, Edan Lepucki, and Amy Gentry.

“The Women” at WordTheatre

Looking forward to having my story “Yes, Yes, Cherries” read by Emily Bergl at this event produced by WordTheatre  (The Microsoft Center in Venice).

Zyzzyva reading at Diesel Books, Oakland

I look forward to reading at Diesel Bookstore in Oakland to celebrate the Winter Issue of Zyzzyva.

New publication in the Los Angeles Review of Books Fiction Issue

I’m thrilled to have new fiction, “Velocitation” in the Los Angeles Review of Books Fiction Issue.

Previous Readings and Speaking Events

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, What Shapes Us, panel moderator (Los Angeles, CA)

Commencement Speaker, UC Riverside Low-Residency MFA Program (Palm Desert, CA)

Hot Dish Reading Series, The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles, CA)

Los Angeles Review of Books, NoHo Lit Crawl (North Hollywood, CA)

Mo Pitkin’s Reading Series (New York, NY)

McNally Robinson Bookstore (New York, NY)

Noepe Center (Martha’s Vineyard, MA)

Honoring Pamela Moore, Skylight Books (Los Angeles, CA)

Idyllwild Reading Series, sponsored by PEN (Idyllwild, CA)

Strange, Comic, Beautiful & Sad, Panel, The Writing Pad (Los Angeles, CA)

Armand Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA)

Silverlake Jubilee (Los Angeles, CA)

Powell’s Bookstore (Portland, Oregon)

Guadalajara Book Festival (Guadalajara, Mexico)

Sewanee Writers’ Conference (Sewanee, Tennessee)

826 LA Fundraiser (Los Angeles, CA)

Tin House Writers Reading Series (Los Angeles, CA)

Scripps College (Claremont, CA)

UCLA Writers Fair (Westwood, CA)

Reed College (Portland, OR)

Tin House Writers’ Conference (Portland, OR)

West Hollywood Book Fair (West Hollywood, CA)

Dutton’s Bookstore (Los Angeles, CA)

Book Soup (Los Angeles, CA)

Skylight Books, (Los Angeles, CA)

Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, CA)

The New Short Fiction Reading Series (Beverly Hills, CA)

Beyond Baroque (Venice, CA)

Jim Ruland Reading Series (Los Angeles, CA)

Rhapsodomancy Reading Series (Los Angeles, CA)

Tongue and Groove Reading Series (Los Angeles, CA)

Shakti Reading Series (Los Angeles, CA)

KXLU Radio Station (Los Angeles, CA)

B’s Mountain of Books (Idyllwild, CA)

Libros Schmibros (Los Angeles, CA)

Upcoming Publications:

Looking forward to three new publications in Summer/Fall 2020

"Bodily" and "Human Sound Station" (Poems) in Zyzzyva

"My Property" (short story) in Alaska Quarterly Review


Book Review in Diagram, 20th Anniversary Issue

Review of "Machine" by Susan Steinberg


Fundraiser Reading for Saint James Inn: "Home"

February 19, 2020

Performed reading of "Flight"

The Room, 1325 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA