Sara Ortiz is the program and festival director of The Believer magazine and Black Mountain Institute. Daughter to Salvadoran immigrants, Ortiz strives to cultivate cultural and creative programming that offers a platform to amplify underrepresented voices. In New York, she curated events and marketed books for literary institutions, such as McNally Jackson Books, Scholastic Inc., Penguin Random House, and Disney Publishing Worldwide. Ortiz honed her nonprofit and event management know-how working for the Texas Library Association and the Writers’ League of Texas. Her writing has appeared in Electric Literature, the Texas Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews.