Celina Montoya-Garcia is Pueblo Indigenous from Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico. She is a mother, poet, advocate for Indigenous youth & elders. Celina and her family live on a farm raising goats and chickens. They also cultivate foods and herbs that are indigenous to pueblo lands. Celina and her partner’s life focus is to teach their children to rematriate Mother Earth.
She obtained a fine arts degree with a focus in creative writing from theInstitute of American Indian Arts. In 2010 she received her CNA with a focus on substance abuse from Northern New Mexico College. She is currently seeking a degree in Psychology through Highlands University.
Her poetry is published in various literary magazines. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Joy Harjo poetry award for Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts.
Celina oversees the Women’s Leadership & Economic Freedom program withTewa Women United. A non profit organization that is a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women.
She is the co-creator of Flowering Heart Malinali that provides healing justice through traditional medicine and knowledge of storytelling, body work and plant medicine, poetry and facilitation.
Celina’s life work encompasses intergenerational rematriation of land and our bodies.