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Simon.Ortiz@asu.edu

Regents Professor
English
Faculty
Mail Code: 0302

(480)965-7999

Bio

Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

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

Bio

Simon J. Ortiz is an Indigenous poet and writer of Acoma Pueblo heritage who specializes in Indigenous Literature. Courses of study focus on decolonization of Indigenous people's land, culture, and community. With literary perspective as a guide, 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.

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AIS 294 Special Topics
ENG 542 Studies North Amer Ethnic Lit

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 359 Indigenous American Literature
ENG 452 Studies in the Novel
JUS 691 Seminar

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AIS 294 Special Topics
ENG 542 Studies North Amer Ethnic Lit

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 359 Indigenous American Literature
ENG 452 Studies in the Novel

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AIS 194 Special Topics
ENG 542 Studies North Amer Ethnic Lit

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 359 American Indian Literature
ENG 452 Studies in the Novel

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AIS 194 Special Topics
ENG 542 Studies North Amer Ethnic Lit

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 434 Studies: Lit/Culture Americas
ENG 453 Studies in the American Novel

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AIS 194 Special Topics
ENG 542 Studies North Amer Ethnic Lit

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 359 American Indian Literatures
ENG 452 Studies in the Novel

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Simon J. Ortiz, Poet, Storyteller, Singer. Voice: Here I Am. Poet's Corner, Cortez Public Library (2010).

  2. Simon J. Ortiz, Scholar, Poet, Author. Indigenous Voices: Stories, Poems, Songs. Augustana College (2010).

  3. Simon J. Ortiz, Storyteller, Poet, Scholar. Indigenous Experience, Act, Voice: Land, Culture, Community. Trinity College (2010).

  4. Devoted to Work by North American Indigenous Authors. The Kenyon Review Winter 2010 (2010).

  5. Devoted to Work By North American Indigenous Authors. The Kenyon Review, New Series, Winter 2010, Volume XXXII, Number 1, An International Journal of Literature, Culture, and the Arts (2010).

  6. 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. Broadview Press (2010).

  7. 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. University of California Press (2010).

  8. Simon J Ortiz. Spiral Lands: Photography & Poetry. spiral Lands Project (2009).

  9. Simon J. Ortiz and Gabriela Schwab. Children of Fire Children of Warter. Collaboration (2009).

  10. Simon J. Ortiz. Indigenous Languge Consciousness: Being, Place, and Sovereignty. Sovereign Bones. An Anthology (2008).

  11. Book chapter: Simon J. Ortiz; Gabriela Schwab. Memory is Key. Children of Fire, Children of Water. The Kenyon Review

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Presentations

  1. Simon J. Ortiz Inaugural Speaker for Rudolfo Anaya Series at UNM: Southwestern Indigenous Voices of Literature. Southwestern Literatures. (Oct 2010).
  2. Simon J. Ortiz; Gabriela Schwab "Memory" a chapter/section from Children of Fire, Children of Water. Native American Literature Series (NALS). (Mar 2010).
  3. Simon J. Ortiz Indigenous Literature: Land, Culture, Community. Native American Academic Voices. (Mar 2010).
  4. Simon J. Ortiz Indigenouis Sovereignty and The Economy. MLA, Philadelphia, PA. (Dec 2009).
  5. Simon J. Ortiz California Indigenous Storytelling. MLA. (Dec 2008).
  6. Simon J. Ortiz History and Resistance. Paper-presentation at Ethnohistory conference, Eugene, OR. (Nov 2008).
  7. Simon J. Ortiz; Gabriela Schwab Going, Going, Going Somewhere. Conference on Archives and Affects, SUNY Stony Brooke, Manhattan Campus. (Jul 2008).
  8. Simon J. Ortiz; Gabriela Schwab Fear. Paper presentation/chapter from Children of Fire,Children of Water. (May 2008).
  9. Simon J. Ortiz; Gabriela Schwab Remembering: a chapter from Children of Fire, Children of Water. ACLA, Long Beach, CA, April 27, 2008. (Apr 2008).

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Service

  1. Cold Mountain Review, Adivsory Board (2009 - 2013)
  2. Malpais Review, Advisory Board (2010 - 2013)
  3. Curriculum Committee, Member of Curriculum Committee (2010 - 2012)
  4. Curriculum Committee, Member (2010 - 2011)
  5. Acoma Pueblo Tribal Museum (Haak'u Museum), Chair person of Museum Foundation Board of Trustees (2008 - 2011)
  6. American Indian Studies Association (AISA), Member and Panel Chair (2010)
  7. ASU Indigenous Speakers Series (ISS) Committee, Coordinator of ISS (2007 - 2010)
  8. ASU Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Freedom Tenure, Committee member of CAFT (2008 - 2010)
  9. Native American Literature Commitee for Mesa School District, Member and Chair of Committee (2008 - 2010)
  10. American Indian Studies Association, Member (2008 - 2010)
  11. President, American Indian Studies Association at ASU, President and organizer of AISA conference in Feb 2010 (2009 - 2010)
  12. Phoenix Day School, Phoenix, AZ, Poet and writer (2008)

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