Amalia L. Ortiz, San Antonio actor/director/activist/Puro Slam grand slam champion 2000, 2001 and 2002, was named Puro Slam's 1999 MVP "based on skills, execution , winnings, and over all sportsmanship." She placed 1st at the open slam and won the tag team slam with partner Gary Mex Glazner at the Taos Poetry Circus 2001. She has also performed at the South by Southwest Music Conference 2000 and 2001. She founded, co-wrote, directed, and appeared in the 2 hour all female poetry/theatre piece "Women of Ill Repute: Refute!", which raised money for the Rape Crisis Center, and was presented at the Young Tongues Theatre Festival, the San Antonio Inter-American Book Fair, Latina Letters Conference, Austin Poetry Festival, Austin Book Festival, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and several universities.
After participating in the Slam America National Bus Tour (Summer 2000), Amalia proudly represented San Antonio at the 2000 National Poetry Slam as the first Latina to compete in the National Slam finals. Her team placed second in the nation that year. After filming her first starring role in the independent film, "Speeder Kills," Amalia completed a 7 state spoken word tour. She was awarded the 2002 Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Award from Sandra Cisneros and will be featured on the spoken word CD Raza Spoken Here III by Calaca Press. One of her poems is also featured in the Slam America Tour documentary film. She has appeared on three seasons of Russell Simmons' Presents Def Poetry on HBO and
the NAACP Image Awards on Fox.