About Naomi


Naomi Ortiz is a writer, poet, facilitator and visual artist whose work focuses on self-care for activists, disability justice and living in multiple worlds (intersectionality). She is a highly acclaimed speaker and facilitator, conducting workshops exploring self-care tools and strategies for diverse communities. Her book, Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice invites readers to balance activism with self-care by guiding readers to sink into metaphor and examine their relationship to self, community and place. 

Naomi has conducted workshops and training with communities engaged in movement work including disability justice activists, people who are incarcerated and youth organizers. She is grounded in social justice work through her tenure as Director of National Kids As Self Advocates project, a youth disability justice project, as the former Southern Arizona Director of the anti-violence projects Help Increase the Peace and Alternatives to Violence, as well as community organizing through the Southern Arizona Community Care Collective/Colectivo de Beinestar Comunitario. Naomi’s work focuses on self-care for activists, disability justice, community anti-violence work, US/Mexico border work, and intersectional organizing within movements.

Naomi sits behind a microphone, her arm is raised as she is talking. She is using her mobility scooter.

Naomi’s essays can be found in the anthology Resistance and Hope and on websites such as Rooted in Rights and the Feminist Wire. She is a Zoeglossia Poetry Fellow and her poems have been published in We Are Not Your Metaphor: A Disability Poetry Anthology, on Wordgathering, Poems and Numbers, VIDA and performed at events such as the Disability Pride Parade. Her artwork has been featured in group art shows in Tucson, AZ, Boston, MA and on the cover of Sustaining Spirit.

Naomi’s work has been described as, “cracking apart common beliefs to spill out beauty.” She is a Disabled, Mestiza (Indigenous/ Latina/ White) who was raised in Latinx culture and lives with her partner in the U.S./Mexico borderlands.

Twitter: @ThinkFreestyle
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