Article abstract: Simon Ortiz is a respected and widely read poet.
Ortiz spent his early years at Deetseyamah on Acoma Pueblo land. He is a member of the Eagle (Dyaamih hanoh) clan. He attended McCartys Day School in McCartys, New Mexico, St. Catherine's Indian School in Sante Fe, New Mexico, and Grants High School in Grants, New Mexico.
Following high school, Ortiz worked in uranium mines for Kerr-McGee, served in the U.S. Army, and studied at both the University of New Mexico, where he earned a bachelor's degree, and the University of Iowa, where he earned a master's degree in fine arts. He has taught at Sinte Gleska College in South Dakota and at the University of New Mexico. Ortiz is the author of the books of poems Going for the Rain (1976), A Good Journey (1977), and Fight Back: For the Sake of the People, for the Sake of the Land (1980). He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Fightin’: New and Collected Stories (1983), and edited a collection of native fiction, Earth Power Coming (1983). Ortiz’ work reflects his Acoma Pueblo heritage; it has also been influenced by the social movements of the 1960's and 1970's.
Ortiz’ later publications include Men on the Moon: Collected Short Stories (1999), a collection of his own short stories, and Speaking for the Generations: Native Writers on Writing (1998), which he edited.
Iftekharuddin, Farhat, Mary Rohrberger, and Maurice Lee, eds. Speaking of the Short Story: Interviews with Contemporary Writers. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1997.
Rader, Dean. “Luci Tapahonso and Simon Ortiz: Allegory, Symbol, Language, Poetry.” Southwestern American Literature 22, no. 2 (Spring, 1997).