Amalia Ortiz

  • Literature
  • San Antonio, TX

Amalia Ortiz (She/They) was awarded the 2020 American Book Award for Oral Literature. She appeared on three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. Her book of poetry, Rant. Chant. Chisme was awarded the 2015 Writers’ League of Texas Poetry Discovery Prize and named one of the “10 Great Latino Books of 2015” by NBC Latino. In 2015 she was also chosen to speak at TEDx McAllen. Ortiz was awarded the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Grant, a writing residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the 2018 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant to film videos for her latest book, The Canción Cannibal Cabaret & Other Songs. She won a 2021 City of San Antonio Individual Artist Grant to create poetry inspired by women in punk. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a Hedgebrook writer-in-residence alumna. Ortiz received her MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She is the Director of Theatre at SAY Si.