Publisher's description: Otis Nebula started out as a game, or writing prompt, among a group of poets based in the Intermountain West. Poems were exchanged, cannibalized, recycled. Each poem and poet were referred to as “Otis” and all of them together created a swarm, or “nebula.” As the Otisi scattered across the globe, so did the prompt, which has been used in all kinds of situations, classrooms, and writing groups. Now Otis offers a wider orbit, a larger cloud, by publishing a semiannual web magazine, or conduit, that features words in the shape of poems and longer pieces called stories. The work we publish is not connected to the Otis prompt, though we’ve been known to invite writers to participate in the game from time to time. We also publish books, both in print and digitally.
Our tastes are nebulous, but we do tend towards work that exemplifies how “the self” isn’t fixed but always in flux. We feel strongly that the freedom to explore and express this aspect of the human experience is at the core of art in general and literature specifically. We’re not fans of the academic or intentionally obtuse.