My name is Marisol Cortez, and I’m a writer and community-based scholar rooted in San Antonio, Texas. I have been writing for almost 25 years, in many genres—poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, scholarship, political and theoretical critique—but although I’ve published my academic writing, I’ve shared little of my creative writing until very recently. After leaving a traditional academic career a few years ago to embed my intellectual and creative work more directly within movements to protect and create the commons in my hometown of San Antonio, I now find I feel most comfortable as what Gloria Anzaldúa calls a nepantlera–a border walker who lives in the difficult terrain between artistic, activist, and academic worlds. This vocational shift has been accompanied by a slow-growing awareness that, from the beginning, what has persisted as I’ve migrated across and between institutional spaces is writing. Over the past few years, I have realized that writing is at the center of my work in the world and in the community, and that I can’t live without poetics in particular.
I created this site as a permanent location for both my published work and current projects, so that they might connect with the wider world of readers, writers, thinkers, and activists, both on- and off-line.