Victor Ortiz

Victor Ortiz, 2023
Photo by Mimi Ortiz

Victor Ortiz (born December 31, 1956, Covina, California, U.S.A.), retired educator, received his Ph.D. in classics from UCLA. His poetry has appeared in such journals as Acorn, Blithe Spirit, Bones, Bottle Rockets, Frogpond, Kingfisher, Hedgerow, Heliosparrow, is/let, Mariposa, Modern Haiku, NOON, Presence, Prune Juice, Ribbons, Roadrunner, The Heron’s Nest, and tsuri-dōrō. Ortiz’s work can be found in the membership anthologies of the Haiku Society of America, the Southern California Haiku Study Group, and Haiku Canada; in the Red Moon anthologies (2004, 2006, 2011, 2019, 2020, and 2021); and in Gurga and Metz’s Haiku 21 and the supplements for 2015 and 2020–2024. His chapbook Into Borrego Valley won an honorable mention in the HSA Merit Book Awards for 2013, and a second, gone/to seed, was runner-up in the 2024 Backbone Press Haiku Chapbook Contest. He was a member of the Touchstone Distinguished Books Awards selection panel (2020–2023) and served as the HSA Washington Region coordinator (2022). He now resides in Bellingham, Washington.

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Updated on June 26, 2024