University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Naomi N. Ortiz

Naomi Ortiz is a facilitator, writer, poet and visual artist. She believes that caring for the world should not burn us out. Her book, "Sustaining Spirit: Self Care for Social Justice" guides readers to explore how self-care can work in everyday life, through examining our relationships with ourselves, community and place.

Naomi is grounded in social justice work through disability justice, community anti-violence work, US/Mexico border work and intersectional organizing within movements. She has conducted hundreds of workshops and trainings with diverse communities engaged in movement work including, disability justice activists, people who are incarcerated and youth organizers. Her essays and poetry have been featured in the Feminist Wire, Poems and Numbers, as well as published in anthologies such as, Resistance and Hope edited by Alice Wong. Naomi is a Disabled, Mestiza (Latina/ Indigenous/ White), raised in Latinx culture, living in the U.S./Mexico borderlands.

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Scheduled events:
Nurturing the Diverse Soul
Local authors and activists Naomi Ortiz and Michelle Tellez discuss how staying rooted in their culture helps women of color thrive and build resilience in activism, self-care and motherhood.

Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Naomi Ortiz, Michelle Tellez
Moderator: Dominique Calza

Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice
Nuestras Raices
Reclamation Press (
June 2018
ISBN 9781947647138
232 pages
$16.95, INSTORE
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Author Naomi Ortiz shares stories from people caring for their communities, all working to balance activism and life. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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