Upper School Creative Writing teacher Alicia Ortega

Feb 20 2020

Upper School Creative Writing teacher Alicia Ortega

Position: Upper School Creative Writing teacher

Education: BA Stanford (English, Human Biology minor), MFA Louisiana State (Creative Writing)

What did you do before you came to Keystone: I was in grad school, so I spent a lot of time reading and writing in coffee shops. I still do. Before that I was a content writer for a startup.

Why do you like working here: The respect and support our students give each other is humbling. I also love to read everyone’s work and watch writers further develop their own unique voices.

Hobbies/pastimes: Karaoke and movies and spider solitaire. Always down for Pictionary, too.

Something (personal or professional) you’re proud of: I’ve recently started doing standup, which is terrifying. Now that I’ve overcome the initial fear, though, I kind of feel like I can do anything if my heart’s in the right place.

Favorite book: I have so many! Right now I’m loving SEVERANCE by Ling Ma, IN THE DREAM HOUSE by Carmen Maria Machado, and anything by Mary Gaitskill or Erin McGraw.

Favorite quote: “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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