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Otis Books

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Otis Books publishes contemporary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, with special interests in translation and writing from and about Los Angeles. Our books are characterized by elegant design and classic typography. MFA Writing students are involved in all aspects of the press’ activities, from selecting and editing manuscripts to designing and typesetting books, managing production, and getting our titles out into the world.

Consult our catalog page and please like us on Facebook for updates. You can purchase our books from Small Press Distribution.

We'll be reading manuscripts during the month of November 2017. For details, view our Submittable page.

Recently Published


  • Billie Tadros, The Tree We Planted And Buried You In
  • François Dominique, Solène (Trans. Samuel Martin) 

Editorial Director
Guy Bennett

Contributing Editors
Gian Maria Annovi, Norma Cole, Mahtem Shiferraw, David L. Ulin

Lorna Alkana
Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick
Heather John Fogarty
Newton Garner
Sibylla Nash
Olivia Batker Pritzker
Halley Sutton
B.A. Williams

Chair, MFA Writing
Peter Gadol