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Originally from the small town of La Feria, Texas, Amalia Ortiz studied Creative Writing at the University of Texas-Pan American and now lives in Harlingen, Texas. During a Hedgebrook fellowship, she wrote her poetry musical, Carmen de la Calle. In 2014, she completed an IC3 residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. She is also a recipient of the the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Fellowship.

Ortiz is widely known as a Tejana actor/writer/activist. She was featured on three seasons of "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry" on HBO, and on the NAACP Image Awards program on FOX. She is the creator of "Otra Esa on the Public Transit," a powerful one-woman stage show about destination and destiny, which she performed at San Antonio's Guadalupe Theater and Talento Bilingüe de Houston. She also stars in the award-winning independent film Speeder Kills, which was broadcast on SiTV and PBS. As a member of Chicano Messengers of Spoken Word, she co-wrote and performed the poetry/theater piece, "Fear of a Brown Planet," in San Francisco, Miami, Denver, and Houston. Latina Magazine honored Amalia for her role in founding, co-writing, directing, and performing in "Women of ILL Repute: Refute!" It was presented at the Texas Book Festival, Young Tongues Festival, San Antonio Inter-American Book Fair, Latina Letters Conference, Austin Poetry Festival, Austin Book Festival, and many universities.

Amalia Ortiz was the first Latina poet to ever reach the final round at the National Poetry Slam, where her team took the second place prize. She is a San Antonio Puro Slam three-time slam champion; an Open Slam Champion and Tag Team Champion (w/ Gary Mex Glazner) at the Taos Poetry Circus; and winner of the inaugural Ultimate Poetry Boxing Championship.

Ortizs poetry is included on the spoken word compilations PoetCD.com, Sampler Vol. I, NYC Urbana: the Very Best of 2003, and The Chicano Messengers of Spoken Word. She participated in the Slam America National Bus Tour and is featured on the tour documentary "A Busload of Poets."

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