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BA, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies
Nick Walker is an autistic genderqueer author, speaker, scholar, and educator whose eclectic transdisciplinary work explores the edges and intersections of neurodiversity, creativity, somatic psychology, depth psychology, queer theory, embodiment, spirituality, and transformative practice.
Nick is co-founder and Managing Editor of Autonomous Press, an independent worker-owned publishing house specializing in transgressive work by neurodivergent and queer authors. He is widely recognized as one of the leading thinkers in the emergent field of neurodiversity. He holds a 6th degree black belt in aikido, and is the founder and senior instructor of the Aikido Shusekai dojo in Berkeley.
Books in which Nick's work appears include Towards an Archeology of the Soul (2003); Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking (2012); The Real Experts: Readings for Parents of Autistic Children (2015); The Spoon Knife Anthology: Thoughts on Compliance, Defiance, and Resistance (2016); Spoon Knife 2: Test Chamber (2017); Spoon Knife 3: Incursions (2018); and Diverse Bodies, Diverse Practices: Toward an Inclusive Somatics (2018).
Many of Nick's writings on neurodiversity and cognitive liberty can be found on his website, Neurocosmopolitanism. He is also the co-creator of Weird Luck, a growing body of interconnected speculative fiction stories in both prose and webcomic formats. He has been featured in the documentary films Orphans of Delirium (2004), Dreambody/Earthbody (2012), and Spectrum: A Story of the Mind (2015).