Amalia Ortiz is a Tejana performance poet who has appeared on three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO and the NAACP Image Awards on FOX. She has toured countless colleges and universities as a solo artist, and with the performance-poetry troupes Diva Diction, The Chicano Messengers of Spoken Word, and the Def Poetry College Tour.
In 2002, she was awarded the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral artist grant from Sandra Cisneros. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and was selected as a Hedgebrook writer-in-residence where she wrote a new poetry musical, Carmen de la Calle. This past August, she completed a writing residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Most recently she was one of 10 winners of the VIA Metropolitan Transit’s “Poetry On The Move” contest.