Teresa Ortiz is a writer, poet, and spoken-word artist, as well as a mother and educator. As an immigrant from Mexico in Minnesota, her writing aims to describe her identity, the land where she has lived, and the lives that have touched her own. Teresa is a member of Palabristas, a Latino spoken-word collective. Her poems have appeared in several chapbooks, and she has performed and read poetry in different outlets throughout the Twin Cities. She authored a book of testimonials of indigenous women, Never Again a World Without Us: Voices of Maya Women in Chiapas, Mexico (EPICA, 2001). Her short story “El Rio” was included in the collective Lake Street Stories, published in 2018.