Discipline: Literature – fiction

Abbey Mei Otis

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Minneapolis, MN
MacDowell Fellowships: 2021

Abbey Mei Otis is a writer, a teaching artist, a storyteller, and a firestarter, raised in the woods of North Carolina. She loves people and art forms on the margins. Her story collection, Alien Virus Love Disaster (Small Beer 2018) was a finalist for the Philip K Dick Award, and her stories have recently appeared in journals including McSweeney’s, Tin House, Guernica, and The Offing. She has survived in many American cities, and now lives on Dakota land in Minneapolis, MN. At MacDowell, she worked on her novel This Is Not a Wasteland, and completed the first installment of her science fiction serial, Nonmonogamy Among Space Cowbois.

Portrait by Tanya Rosen-Jones



Abbey Mei Otis worked in the Putnam studio.

The Graphics Studio (as it was originally named) was converted to its present use in 1972–1974 through a grant from the Putnam Foundation, and originally served the property as both a power house and pump house. Well water was pumped from a large cistern to Hillcrest, the Foreman’s Cottage, and the lower buildings closer to…

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