Noemi Ixchel Martinez is a poet-curandera, healing with words, mixed media artist, writer, historian and cultural worker with Mexican and Caribbean roots. I was born in Chicago, the “little village” and now the Rio Grande Valley has been home for most of my life.
I have an undergraduate degree from UT-El Paso in multidisciplinary studies and completed Mexican American Culture, museum studies and archives work at the University of Texas-Pan American, now the University of Texas-RGV.
I received a MAIS from Western New Mexico University with concentrations in history and writing. My concentrations focused on Indigenous people of the Southwest and Texas and small publishing and the printing press.
I am the daughter of a bracero who came to the United States as a laborer under the guest worker program of the 1940s and the daughter of a Puerto Rican woman who came to the US as a young girl with her family because colonialism.
I’m a long time zinester interested in alt.media, diy, edupunk, veg*n baking, indigenous issues, queer theory and reclamation, mestiza identity, borderland studies, women of color in alt media, 1st generation Mexican, 1st generation Puerto Rican identity, Texas/Mexico border history, raising spitfire chicanas, single parenting in alt cultures, raising teens/kids with disabilities, raising neurodiverse kids/teens and parenting as a neurodiverse queer parent.