Demolish Punk Performance
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This video of a performance of the poem "Demolish" performed by Amalia and Las Hijas de la Madre was filmed in September 2020. The lyrics appear in the poetry anthology, "Contra: Texas Poets Speak Out" (Flowersong Press) and in the poetry collection, The Canción Cannibal Cabaret & Other Songs (Aztlan Libre Press).

Directed and edited by Amalia Ortiz Lyrics by Amalia Ortiz, copyright 2019. Las Hijas de la Madre appearing are Dr. Kip Austin Hinton, Jaqueline Salame, Leticia Rocha-Živadinović, Lorenzo Beas, and Dan Fluter.

Music by Erwin Flores copyright 1964, published on the promotional single 'Demolición' by Los Saicos. Music is used for social commentary constituting parody, protected by the Fair Use clause §107 of The Copyright Act of 1976 (cf. Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569, 1994).

Poet and playwright Amalia Ortiz is an intersectional feminist Chicanx punk voice of the Tex-Mex borderlands. She appeared on three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. NBC Latino named her book, Rant. Chant. Chisme. one of “10 Great Latino Books of 2015.” It won the 2015 Writers' League of Texas Poetry Discovery Prize. Amalia was chosen to speak at TEDx McAllen 2015. She was awarded an Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Grant and a writing residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Hedgebrook writer-in-residence alumna, and she was the inaugural performing-artist-in-residence at ArtPace in 2018. She was awarded a NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant to film music videos for her latest book The Canción Cannibal Cabaret. Most recently, she was awarded the 2020 American Book Award for Oral Literature. Amalia received her MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

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Poet and playwright Amalia Ortiz is an intersectional feminist Chicanx punk voice of the Tex-Mex borderlands. She appeared on three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. NBC Latino named her book, Rant. Chant. Chisme. one of “10 Great Latino Books of 2015.” It won the 2015 Writers' League of Texas Poetry Discovery Prize. Amalia was chosen to speak at TEDx McAllen 2015. She was awarded an Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Grant and a writing residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Hedgebrook writer-in-residence alumna, and she was the inaugural performing-artist-in-residence at ArtPace in 2018. She was awarded a NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant to film music videos for her latest book The Canción Cannibal Cabaret. Most recently, she was awarded the 2020 American Book Award fo

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