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Selected Poetry of Simon Joseph Ortiz (1941-)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

  1. Blind Curse
  2. Burning River
  3. Four Poems for a Child Son
  4. Long House Valley Poem
  5. Making Quiltwork
  6. The Margins Where We Live
  7. Mid-America Prayer
  8. A New Story
  9. Notes on the Steps of the San Diego Bus Depot
  10. Portrait of a Poet with a Console TV in Hand
  11. A Pretty Woman
  12. Storming Toward a Precipice
  13. What Indians?


Notes on Life and Works

Simon J. Ortiz, poet, writer, storyteller, and Doctor of Letters , is author of over a dozen books, including Out There Somewhere, Men on the Moon, After and Before the Lightning, and Woven Stone. He is also the editor of numerous collections, including Speaking for the Generations: Native Writers on Writing, and Earth Power Coming: Short Fiction in Native American Literature. He has taught at the University of New Mexico and the Institute of American Indian Arts, and served as lieutenant governor of the Pueblo of Acoma and consulting editor of the Pueblo of Acoma Press. As a teacher of poetry and fiction, he stresses the artful power of the "storytelling voice." He teaches and writes now at the University of Toronto.

Biographical information

Given name: Simon Joseph
Family name: Ortiz
Birth date: May 1941
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: Acoma Pueblo
Family relations
          father: Joe L. Ortiz
          mother: Mamie Ortiz
          wife: Marlene Foster (from 1981 to 1984)
          son: Raho Nez Ortiz
          daughter: Rainy Dawn Ortiz
          daughter: Sara Marie Ortiz
Education
          McCarty's Day School
          Fort Lewis College: 1961 to 1962
          University of New Mexico (B.A.) to 1968
          University of Iowa (M.F.A.) to 1969
Honours
          Lieutenant Governor of Acoma Pueblo, NM
          National Endowment for the Arts Discovery Award: 1969
          White House Salute to Poetry and American Poets: 1980
          Fellowship: 1981
          Literary Achievement New Mexico Humainites Council: 1989
          Lifetime Achievement Award, Native Writer's Circle: 1993
          Returning the Gift Lifetime Achievement Award: 1993
Occupations
          arts co-ordinator
          Storyteller
          Reporter
          Public Relations Worker
          Military Service: 1963 to 1966
Residences
          Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico
          Portland, Oregon to 1990
          San Diego, California to 1974
          Rough Rock Arizona: 1969 to 1970
          Tsaile, Arizona: 1975 to 1977
          Kentfield, California: 1976 to 1979
          Toronto, Canada: 2001
First RPO edition: 2004