A close-up image of poet Simon Ortiz, from an angle to his right. He has straight grey hair, a red beaded earring, a burgundy shirt collar and dark jacket.

Simon J. Ortiz, a solo reading and conversation

Thursday, September 15, 2022
Event Time 01:00 p.m. - 02:30 p.m. PT
Cost Free and open to the public
Location The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University
Contact Email poetry@sfsu.edu


  • This program also available via live-stream and at the same link after the event.
  • Masks are asked to be worn, at the poet's request, for those attending in person.

Co-presented by The Poetry Center and American Indian Studies, SF State, with an introduction provided by musician, scholar, and AIS Chair, John-Carlos Perea.

Simon J. Ortiz, poet, short fiction writer, essayist, storyteller, and a documentary filmwriter some years back. He, significantly, is an Indigenous voice since he is a tribal member of the Acoma Pueblo Nation in New Mexico. He used to teach at San Diego State University, Lewis & Clark College, University of New Mexico, University of Arizona summer school, Arizona State University where he was a Regents Professor of English and Indigenous Studies. He has also taught at University of Toronto, Colorado College, Navajo Community College, Sinte Gleska University. Now retired, he continues on as a poet, short fiction writer, authors essays from time to time, and does  readings of his poetry, short fiction, and oral Indigenous narratives. Presently, he is working on a memoir, a short fiction collection, a book of his essays, and an American Indigenous epic. His well-known books include Woven Stone, from Sand Creek, Beyond the Reach of Time and Change, Fightin': New & Collected Stories, The People Shall Continue, The Good Rainbow Road, and many more. His newest book, Light as Light, will come from the U. of Arizona Press in 2023.


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