Currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing, Amalia Ortiz has appeared on three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. She was awarded the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Grant from Sandra Cisneros and a writing residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Amalia Ortiz is a self-proclaimed actor/writer/activist.  She has written and performed in several plays including Carmen de la Calle and Otra Esa on the Public Transit.  Her works are rhythmic and edgy challenging social political issues and often empowering females and  la raza.  This October she releases her first book Rant. Chant. Chisme.