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Powell's Books Presents Syren Nagakyrie in Conversation With Naomi Ortiz
Syren Nagakyrie’s The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon (Falcon Guides) is the first book of its kind to consider the diverse needs of disabled people in the outdoors. This groundbreaking guidebook includes 60 outdoor adventures, including drive-up experiences, verified wheelchair accessible trails, and foot trails suitable for disabled hikers. This guide removes one of the barriers to access — a lack of information — by utilizing a rating system and detailed trail information designed for the disability community. Each trail is personally assessed according to Nagakyrie’s skilled and detailed review and established accessibility guidelines. Nagakyrie will be joined in conversation by Naomi Ortiz, author of Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice.
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Syren Nagakyrie
Syren Nagakyrie (they/them) is the founder of Disabled Hikers, an entirely Disabled-led nonprofit organization building disability community and justice in the outdoors. Syren writes trail guides, leads group hikes, and offers consultations throughout the Pacific Northwest and farther afield. Syren has worked with many parks and organizations to improve access and inclusion for disabled people. They were selected as a Rooted in Rights Storyteller for 2019, a competitive program sponsored by Rooted in Rights and Disability Rights Washington, and have been featured in many high-profile publications. Syren is a lifelong social activist and advocate. As a freelance writer, Syren has been published in multiple anthologies, magazines, and blogs. They live in Forks, Washington.
Naomi Ortiz
Naomi Ortiz is a poet, writer, and visual artist whose intersectional work focuses on self-care for activists, disability justice, climate action, and relationship with place. They are the author of Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice, a nonfiction book published by Reclamation Press that delves into self-care tools and strategies for diverse communities. Their poetry/prose collection, Rituals for Climate Change: A Crip Struggle for Ecojustice, is forthcoming with Punctum Books and explores how climate change impacts connection to place, expands on and complicates who is seen as an environmentalist, and reimagines relationship with the land. www.NaomiOrtiz.com