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Natalie Ortiz

El Camino College




A South LA native, Natalie has dealt with abuse, bullying, poverty, and mental illness throughout her life, but she has always maintained her love of writing and literature, which have helped her during dark periods. She is currently a student at El Camino College, where she is majoring in English and is a leader for the Creative Writing Club. She loves learning about LGBTQ history and is especially passionate about LGBTQ art. She has helped curate two literary magazines that showcase the work of LGBTQ creatives, and she runs a blog that highlights obscure LGBTQ literature. She also helped organize the 2022 California Community College LGBTQ+ Summit, a conference for LGBTQ community college students in California, and was selected as a 2022 Lambda Literary Fellow. Her biggest goal is to start a press of her own and publish books by LGBTQ writers.

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