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Simon Ortiz

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Emeritus Professor
Regents Professor

Simon J. Ortiz is an Indigenous poet and writer of Acoma Pueblo heritage who specializes in Indigenous literature. His courses of study focus on decolonization of Indigenous people's land, culture, and community. With literary perspective as a guide, his research interests include cultural, social, political dynamics of Indigenous peoples of North, Central, and South America. Ortiz's publications in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essay, and children's literature reflect his literary perspective across a range of his varied, active engagement and involvement in contemporary Indigenous life and literature. His publications, research, varied experience and intellectual participation is the basis of his engaging approach to the study of-involvement-engagement with Indigenous literature and its place in the canon of world literatures. Ortiz is also the founder and coordinator of the Indigenous Speakers Series sponsored by ASU Department of English and American Indian Studies.


Dr. of Letters, University of New Mexico (Honorary)

  • Simon J. Ortiz, Poet, Storyteller, Singer. Voice: Here I Am. (2010).
  • Simon J. Ortiz, Scholar, Poet, Author. Indigenous Voices: Stories, Poems, Songs. (2010).
  • Simon J. Ortiz, Storyteller, Poet, Scholar. Indigenous Experience, Act, Voice: Land, Culture, Community. (2010).
  • . Devoted to Work by North American Indigenous Authors. (2010).
  • . Devoted to Work By North American Indigenous Authors. (2010).
  • Simon J. Ortiz. "Memory, History, and the Present," a long poem. Across Cultures Across Borders: Canadian Aboriginal and Native American Literatures, Edited by Paul DePasquale, Renate Eigenbrod, and Emma LaRoque (2010).
  • Simon J. Ortiz; Gabriela Schwab. Imaginary Homeland Security: The Internalization of Terror (Creative Non-Fiction). America and the Misshaping of a New World Order, Edited by Giles Gunn and Carl Gutierrez-Jones, University of California Press, Berkeley, Los Angeles, London (2010).
  • Simon J Ortiz. Spiral Lands: Photography & Poetry. (2009).
  • Simon J. Ortiz and Gabriela Schwab. Children of Fire Children of Warter. (2009).
  • Simon J. Ortiz. Indigenous Languge Consciousness: Being, Place, and Sovereignty. Sovereign Bones. An Anthology (2008).
  • Simon J. Ortiz; Gabriela Schwab. Memory is Key. Children of Fire, Children of Water (0).
Research Activity: 
  • Simon J. Ortiz. Inaugural Speaker for Rudolfo Anaya Series at UNM: Southwestern Indigenous Voices of Literature. Southwestern Literatures (Oct 2010).
  • Simon J. Ortiz; Gabriela Schwab. "Memory" a chapter/section from Children of Fire, Children of Water. Native American Literature Series (NALS) (Mar 2010).
  • Simon J. Ortiz. Indigenous Literature: Land, Culture, Community. Native American Academic Voices (Mar 2010).
  • Simon J. Ortiz. Indigenouis Sovereignty and The Economy. MLA, Philadelphia, PA (Dec 2009).
  • Simon J. Ortiz. California Indigenous Storytelling. MLA (Dec 2008).
  • Simon J. Ortiz. History and Resistance. Paper-presentation at Ethnohistory conference, Eugene, OR (Nov 2008).
  • Simon J. Ortiz; Gabriela Schwab. Going, Going, Going Somewhere. Conference on Archives and Affects, SUNY Stony Brooke, Manhattan Campus (Jul 2008).
  • Simon J. Ortiz; Gabriela Schwab. Fear. Paper presentation/chapter from Children of Fire,Children of Water (May 2008).
  • Simon J. Ortiz; Gabriela Schwab. Remembering: a chapter from Children of Fire, Children of Water. ACLA, Long Beach, CA, April 27, 2008 (Apr 2008).
  • Cold Mountain Review, Adivsory Board (2009 - 2013)
  • Malpais Review, Advisory Board (2010 - 2013)
  • Curriculum Committee, Member of Curriculum Committee (2010 - 2012)
  • Curriculum Committee, Member (2010 - 2011)
  • Acoma Pueblo Tribal Museum (Haak'u Museum), Chair person of Museum Foundation Board of Trustees (2008 - 2011)
  • American Indian Studies Association (AISA), Member and Panel Chair (2010 - 2010)
  • ASU Indigenous Speakers Series (ISS) Committee, Coordinator of ISS (2007 - 2010)
  • ASU Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Freedom Tenure, Committee member of CAFT (2008 - 2010)
  • Native American Literature Commitee for Mesa School District, Member and Chair of Committee (2008 - 2010)
  • American Indian Studies Association, Member (2008 - 2010)
  • President, American Indian Studies Association at ASU, President and organizer of AISA conference in Feb 2010 (2009 - 2010)
  • Phoenix Day School, Phoenix, AZ, Poet and writer (2008 - 2008)