Simon J. Ortiz

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Simon J. Ortiz

Birthplace: Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, NM, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Managed by: Tamás Flinn Caldwell-Gilbert
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About Simon J. Ortiz

Simon J. Ortiz (born May 27, 1941) is a Native American writer, poet, and enrolled member of the Pueblo of Acoma. Ortiz is one of the key figures in the second wave of what has been called the Native American Renaissance.

Ortiz's commitment to preserving and expanding the literary and oral histories of the Acoma people accounts for many of the themes and techniques that compose his work. Ortiz identifies himself less as a "poet" than a "storyteller". The composition of a traditional Pueblo storyteller includes not only oral narrative materials, which adapt easily to short story or essay forms but also songs, chants, winter stories, sacred oral narratives associated with origin stories and their attendant ceremonies. Such materials when recited aloud, have a distinctly "poetic" texture.

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May 27, 1941
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, NM, United States