Category: Coverage of Ortiz

Poetic Infamy

“While the poets who got it all started will never be forgotten, the man who organized the birth of San Antonio bar poetry, Ben Ortiz has somehow become synonymous with the word infamous … While his downright arrogant and in your face behavior got him into confrontations at times, it was that same direct approach that engraved the much-needed mentality to establish an aggressive stage presence. … Even today, the no holds barred remnants of what Ortiz began are still seen momentarily in the present day molding of what makes up today’s lighter show. …”

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San Antonio Poetry Slam

Will Salas ‘slam’ for the arts?
Ben Ortiz … has cultivated San Antonio’s highly entertaining “Puro Slam”
performances through various venues for more than a year now … [and] the
audience has grown to the hundreds for recent performances. But Ortiz,
entertainment editor of the weekly Current, wants to make the Slam even

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