Marisol Cortez

Rooted in San Antonio, Marisol Cortez writes across genre about place, power, and the possibilities proliferating at the margins for all the other borderwalking weirdos out there. Always a poet, for a time she strayed into an academic career before returning to San Antonio to write in service of movements to protect la madre tierra. A mama of two, she currently juggles writing, full-time parenting, and co-editing responsibilities for Deceleration, an online journal of environmental justice thought and praxis. In 2020 she published her debut novel Luz at Midnight (FlowerSong Press 2020), which in 2021 won the Texas Institute of Letter’s Sergio Troncoso Award for First Book of Fiction. She is also the author of I Call on the Earth (Double Drop Press 2019), a chapbook of documentary poetry that bears witness to the forced removal of Mission Trails Mobile Home Community. Other poems and prose have appeared in Mutha Magazine, About Place Journal, Orion, Vice Canada, Caigibi, Metafore Magazine, Outsider Poetry, Voices de la Luna, and La Voz de Esperanza, among other anthologies and journals. For more info on projects and publications, visit

Books by Marisol Cortez
Luz at Midnight