Wednesday, February 23, 2011
presents a reading with Amalia Ortiz and Paul Martínez Pompa
Saturday, February 26 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Columbia College Chicago - 1014 S. Michigan
This event is free and open to the public.
Amalia Ortiz is a Tejana actor/writer/activist, now living in California, and the creator and star of Otra Esa on the Public Transit, a powerful one-woman stage show about destination and destiny. Amalia performed on three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO and the NAACP Image Awards on FOX. Amalia's poem "Women of Juárez" was published in the 2006 textbook, The Line Between Us, by ground-breaking publisher Rethinking Schools. Amalia has performed for the First Lady at the National Book Festival in D.C. Her poetry tours include South by Southwest (twice), the Def Poetry College Tour, Slam America National Bus Tour and the documentary Busload of Poets. She coached for Brave New Voices' youth poetry camp and slam championship in San José, after touring California with MadMedia/Reset Collective's What Are You Doing Tonight?.
Paul Martínez Pompa earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and served as a poetry editor for Indiana Review. His chapbook, Pepper Spray, was published by Momotombo Press in 2006. In 2007, his poetry and prose appeared in two anthologies: The Wind Shifts, New Latino Poetry and Telling Tongues, A Latin@ Anthology on Language Experience. His first, full-length collection of poetry, My Kill Adore Him, was selected by Martín Espada as winner of the 2008 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2009. He now lives in Chicago and teaches composition, poetry and creative writing at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois.
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