Marisol Cortez, Ph.D.

Professor of Practice, English

Marisol Cortez


Rooted in San Antonio, Marisol Cortez is a creative writer, scholar, and educator whose artistic and academic work is grounded in decolonial and Chicanx movements for justice and earth protection. She is author of the SATX cli-fi novel Luz at Midnight (FlowerSong Press 2020), which won the 2021 Sergio Troncoso Award for Best First Book of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters, and I Call on the Earth, a chapbook of documentary poetry that bears witness to the removal of Mission Trails Mobile Home Community. She has also served as co-editor of Deceleration, an online journal of borderlands ecojustice thought and praxis. Her creative work has appeared in Mutha Magazine, About Place Journal, and Orion, while her scholarship has been published in Green Letters, Reconstruction, Cultural Logic/Works and Days, Academic Labor: Research and Artistry as well as various anthologies on environmental justice, waste, and community-based research praxis. She received her BA in English from Texas State University and PhD in cultural studies from University of California, Davis.

Current projects include a satirical utopian syfy thing about (what else?) bonobos, golf courses, and autocracy; a historical novel about family silences and the intertwining of Mexican and Jewish migrations to Tejas; and ongoing questions about how to make the labor of thinking, writing, and teaching useful to on-the-ground struggles in San Antonio and beyond.


Upcoming Courses

  • Postcolonial/Decolonial Literature
  • Creative Writing: Fiction

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