Discipline: Literature

Raquel Ortiz

Discipline: Literature
Region: Cambridge, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 1997

Raquel Ortiz is a first generation Puerto Rican born and raised in New York, and has more than 35 years of experience as a television producer, executive producer, director, writer, and host. During her tenure within public broadcasting she worked on two premiering Latino themed television series, Realidades for Thirteen/WNET, New York and La Plaza for WGBH-TV, Boston. Her documentary Mi Puerto Rico produced under her independent production company, Ortiz/Simon Productions, is a personal exploration of Puerto Rico/US relations for PBS. This visual historic “legacy to her people” was the pivotal step that led Raquel to write this memoir. Her vision is to continue to use her Boricua/Newyorican/Latina voice to tell stores in both the written and visual form. Ortiz resides in Cambridge, MA.

Portrait by Bacharach



Raquel Ortiz worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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