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Marina Ortiz

Born and raised in East Harlem/El Barrio and the South Bronx, Marina Ortiz has drawn from her experience as a stateside Puerto Rican woman to craft a versatile body of work that includes journalism, photography, spoken word, poetry, and other forms of cultural and political expression – with an emphasis on justice and liberation. An upstart Nuyorican poet since the early 1990s, Marina has performed at dozens of venues, including: Agueybana Bookstore, Boricua College, Casa Atabex Ache, the East Harlem/El Barrio Renaissance Center, Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, Hostos Community College, Kenkeleba Gallery, The Knitting Factory, El Maestro Cultural Center, Modesto Flores Community Garden, The Nuyorican Poets Café, University of the Streets, and Teatro SEA. She also served as co-founder and promoter of The Bread is Rising, Como Coco, and Sisters Underground poetry collectives. Ortiz’s work has aired on WHCR Radio and WBAI Radio and her poems have been published in the Norwood News, El Pitirre, and The Daily Challenge. In 2012, several of her poems and essays were published in “Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012.” Ortiz holds a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College/CUNY. She is featured in Ricardo Muniz’s photography exhibition, “Homenaje: A Travelling Homage to Our Puerto Rican Heroes.”