M.R. "Chibbi" Orduña Carretero

Poet, Spoken Word Artist

Author's Bio

M.R. “Chibbi” Orduña is a Mexican-born, Texas-raised queer poet and spoken word artist, Editor at Chief of Write About Now Publishing and The Mixtape Literary Journal, and director and co-host of the Words and Shit video podcast. He attended Tin House in the summer of 2022, and has self-published 2 books, was a finalist for the 2021 Wax Nine Chapbook Competition and 2022 Robert Phillips Chapbook Competition, and the co-editor of the anthology Contra: Texas Poets Speak Out (Flowersong Press, 2020). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Texas Review, Wax Wing, Los Angeles Poet Society, Allium, Cosmonaut Avenue, The Acentos Review, The Latino Book Review Magazine, Buzzfeed, We are Mitu, Button Poetry, Write About Now, and elsewhere. He travels the country performing his work in hopes that audiences feel empowered to embrace their identity, each other, and share their stories. You can find him on IG @gemineyes and on Twitter @gemineyespoetry.

Publications & Prizes


Contra: Texas Poets Speak Out (FlowerSong Press, 2020)
Journals: , ,
Voices de la Luna

Spoken Word

A Senseless Census (2018)
Lost and Found: An Oral History (2018)
Mexican Americans (2017)
Oral Fixation; or, Mom, Don't Read This Poem (2017)
Late Nights and Broken Bottles (2016)
Whose Right? (2016)
Prizes won: 

2015 Southwest Shootout - 2nd Place (Team)

2017 National Poetry Slam - 3rd Place Group Piece

2017 & 2020 San Antonio PuroSlam Champion

2021 Wax Nine Poetry Chapbook Competition - Finalist

2022 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Competition - Finalist

2022 Southern Fried Poetry Slam - 2nd Place (Team)

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
BIPOC, Hispanic, Latino/Latina/Latinx, LGBTQ, Mexican, Mexican American, Multicultural
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Guadalajara, JAL
Raised in: 
Laredo, TX
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Last update: Sep 15, 2022