Mary Otis


Mary Otis is the author of the novel, Burst, from Zibby Books (2023), as well as the short story collection, Yes, Yes, Cherries (Tin House Books). Her stories and essays have been published in Best New American Voices, Electric Literature, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, and in many literary journals and anthologies. She has recently published poetry in Zyzzyva and the Bennington Review. 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. Mary attended Bennington College and has taught fiction at the UCLA Writers’ Program and the UC Riverside Low-Residency MFA Program where she was a founding professor in the creative writing program. Originally from the Boston area, Mary lives in Los Angeles.