Amalia Ortiz appeared on three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. NBC Latino named her book, Rant. Chant. Chisme., one of ’10 Great Latino Books of 2015.’ It won the 2015 Writers’ League of Texas Poetry Discovery Prize. Amalia spoke at TEDx McAllen 2015. She was awarded an Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Grant and a writing residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Hedgebrook writer-in-residence alumna, and she was the inaugural performing-artist-in-residence at ArtPace in 2018. She was awarded a National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Fund for the Arts Grant to film music videos for her latest book, The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret (Aztlan Libre Press). Amalia received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Amalia is available for spoken word performances, writing workshops, and the performances of her latest book/punk musical, The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret, with her band, Las Hijas de la Madre. Photo by Gladys Ornelas.

Additional information



Contact name

Amalia Ortiz

Contact address

127 East Drexel Avenue San Antonio TX 78210

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Public performance

$750 – $2000

School performance

$500 – $1000

Workshop fees

$500 – $1000

Travel per diem lodging

$500 – $3000


San Antonio


Special audiences

Festivals, Libraries, Schools

School audiences


Venue size

Larger, Medium, Smaller, Unplugged, Very Large

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