Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Even before the publication of his first book of poetry in 1971, Simon Ortiz (ohr-TEEZ) had begun to write short fiction, publishing his first short stories in the 1960’s. “I’ve known ’story’—or stories—all my life,” Ortiz observed in the preface to Men on the Moon: Collected Short Stories (1999). He has also edited several volumes devoted to the writing of Native American authors, most notably Earth Power Coming: Short Fiction in Native American Literature (1983) and Speaking for the Generations: Native Writers on Writing (1998), and has contributed to many books concerned with the heritage and cultural history of indigenous people, including Toward a National Indian Literature (1981) and I Tell You Now: Autobiographical Essay by Native American Writers (1987). The People Shall Continue (1977) is designed for young readers, as is The Good Rainbow Road = Rawa ’Kashtyaa’tsi Hiyaani: A Native American Tale in Keres and English, Followed by a Translation into Spanish (2004), a trilingual children’s book.

Ortiz has made a number of recordings of his work and has appeared on radio programs and videos. Nothing but the Truth: An Anthology of Native American Literature (2001) contains an extensive contribution by Ortiz.