Aztlan Libre Press is excited to announce that Amalia Leticia Ortiz was just awarded an American Book Award in Oral Literature from the Before Columbus Foundation for The Canción Cannibal Cabaret & Other Songs. You can find the official press release HERE. She and her fellow awardees will be formally recognized at the 41st Annual American Book Awards online ceremony which will be held on Sunday, October 25, 2020, from 2-3:30pm.
Amalia Ortiz is originally from La Feria, Texas in the Valley, but she has lived in San Antonio for many years and is currently the Director of Theatre Arts at SAY Sí. She's an award-winning author and Slam Poet and her first Book, Rant. Chant. Chisme. (Wings Press), won the 2015 Poetry Discovery Prize from the Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards and was selected by NBC Latino as one of the "10 Great Latino Books of 2015." 

The Canción Cannibal Cabaret & Other Songs is a hybrid manuscript experimenting with poetry at the intersection of performance. As a text, it is a collection of post-apocalyptic prose poems and poem songs "cannibalizing" knowledge from before the fall of civilization. In performance, The Canción Cannibal Cabaret is a Xicana punk rock musical—part concept album, part radio play. She has performed this musical and spoken-word piece with her band at conferences, universities, clubs and other venues throughout Texas.

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