A nepantlera rooted in San Antonio, Texas, Marisol Cortez is a creative writer, editor, and community-based scholar whose work walks between artistic, activist, and academic worlds. Always a poet, she strayed for a time into an academic career, where she earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies before returning home to San Antonio in 2012. Since then, she has sought to use writing and research to support collective efforts to remember the land and resist all domination. A mama of two, she currently juggles writing with full-time parenting, part-time work at URBAN-15, and co-editing duties for Deceleration, an online journal of environmental justice thought and praxis.
Her novel Luz at Midnight is forthcoming from Flower Song Press in December 2020. Other recent publications include Words for Birds 2020: Poetics for Pandemics (Deceleration DIY Press), a convening of bird writings she edited and published for San Antonio’s National Poetry Month; and I Call on the Earth (Double Drop Press, 2019), a chapbook of documentary poetry about the displacement of Mission Trails Mobile Home Community produced in collaboration with book artist Léo Lee. Other poems and prose have appeared in Mutha Magazine, About Place Journal, Orion, Vice Canada, Caigibi, Metafore Magazine, Outsider Poetry, Voices de la Luna, and La Voz de Esperanza, among other anthologies and journals. For a complete list of publications, click HERE.