Emmanuel Ortiz

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Emmanuel Ortiz (born 1974) is a Chicano/Puerto Rican/Irish-American activist and spoken-word poet. He has worked with the Minnesota Alliance for the Indigenous Zapatistas (MAIZ) and Estación Libre and as a staff member of the Resource Centre of the Americas.[1] Ortiz has performed his poetry at numerous readings, political rallies, activist conferences, and benefits. His works appeared in The Roots of Terror a reader published by Project South, as well as others. His readings of his poems have appeared on Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now!.[2] His controversial poem, Moment of Silence, circulated the internet a year after September 11th, 2001.[3][4]

Selected works[edit]

  • Moment of Silence (2002)
  • The Word is a Machete: Post-Pocho/Puerto Rican Poems of the Personal and Political (2003)[2]
  • Under What Bandera? Anti-War Ofrendas from Minnesota y Califas (2004, Editor) Calaca Press ISBN 0-9717035-3-1
  • I Wanted to Write an Anti-War Poem, But... (2004)[5]
  • Brown unLike Me: Poems From the Second Layer of Our Skin (2009)[6]


  • Bookstore of the Americas Book of the Year Award in 2003 for The Word is a Machete: Post-Pocho/Puerto Rican Poems of the Personal and Political[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Before I Start This Poem By Emmanuel Ortiz". Scoop Media Group. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  2. ^ a b c "Emmanuel Ortiz". the louderARTS Project. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Calaca mp3s". Calaca Press. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  4. ^ "How do you know if you are winning a war?". The Forum. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  5. ^ "I Wanted to Write an Anti-War Poem, But...". Calaca Press. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  6. ^ "Brown unLike Me".