About Naomi


Naomi Ortiz is a writer, poet, facilitator and visual artist whose work focuses on self-care for activists, disability justice, intersectional organizing, eco-justice, and relationship with place. She is a highly acclaimed speaker and facilitator, with a leadership style emphasizing facilitation, inclusion and spiritual growth. Ortiz conducts workshops exploring self-care tools and strategies for diverse communities.

Light-skinned Mestiza with short dark hair looks intently to the side. An earring with a concentric circle design swings below the hairline. The backdrop is a mountain, cacti and desert trees.
photo by Rachel Scoggins

Her book, Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice offers powerful, thoughtful, transformative insight into self-care, weaving together personal experiences in class, race, and disability advocacy into informative advice on dealing with the risks of burnout.

Ortiz has conducted workshops and training with people who are incarcerated, US/Mexico Border activists, youth organizers, disability justice activists, and other communities engaged in movement work. Currently she works with individuals and groups delving into the substance of self-care, as well as, exploring the intersection between disability justice, the borderlands, and eco-justice.

Ortiz is grounded in social justice work through her tenure as Director of the disability justice organization, National Kids As Self Advocates and as the former Southern Arizona Director of the anti-violence projects Help Increase the Peace and Alternatives to Violence. Ortiz is passionate about organizing with the Southern Arizona Community Care Collective/Colectivo de Beinestar Comunitario and focusing on her creative projects exploring disability justice, intersectionality and connection to place.

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

Ortiz’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 Split This Rock, Poems and Numbers, VIDA and performed at events such as the Disability Pride Parade. Her artwork is part of the permanent collection at the University of Arizona Disability Cultural Center, has been featured in group art shows in Tucson, AZ, Boston, MA and appears 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 Arizona U.S./Mexico borderlands.

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Instagram: NaomiOrtizWriterArtist

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