Simon Ortiz


Simon J. Ortiz, Acoma Nation, Dr. of Ltts, Regents Professor of English and American Indian Studies, Arizona State University (ASU), poet, fiction, non-fiction, childrens’ literature writer, singer & storyteller, scholar, critic, author of Woven Stone, After and Before the Lightning, Men on the Moon, from Sand Creek, Beyond the Reach of Time and Change, and many others, including translated editions in China, Germany, Spain, Korea. Ortiz is father of three children, grandfather of nine grandchildren, and he is a former Acoma tribal 1st Lt. Governor and Interpreter-Translator. He is former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Haaku Museum and Cultural Center. Currently, a professor at ASU and Bread Loaf School of English (Middleburry College), he has formerly taught at U. of Toronto, U. of New Mexico, Institute of American Indian Arts, Sinte Gleska University, Lewis & Clark College, Colorado College, and San Francisco Arts Institute; his teaching focus is Indigenous Literature and Creative Writing (Poetry, Short Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction) with an emphasis on Liberation and Decolonization.