Spokane Faith & Values is pleased to welcome a poet to its team of writers.
Christi Ortiz is a licensed marriage and family therapist by profession and a poet by passion, she says.
Early morning meditation is what gives rise to her poetry, which she'll be sharing on this site. Ortiz says her poetry echos the stories from various faith traditions and offers her words as an opportunity to meditate and explore.
Read more about Ortiz on her author's page.
Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.