Born in London, England. Graduated with a degree in Social Work from Birmingham University. Married Peter Deutsch and emigrated to Canada where she brought up her family in Toronto. Worked as a psychotherapist specializing in early childhood traumas.
Remarried to the sculptor, Elias Wakan, and travelled extensively including living two years in Japan. With Elias had a small publishing house, Pacific-Rim Publishers, which published educational books which Naomi wrote and illustrated.
She and her husband moved to Gabriola in 1996 and opened a studio, Drumbeg House Studio, where Elias makes wood sculpture and Naomi painted, wrote and did fabric art. During this period Naomi moved from writing books geared to children to books for an adult market. She did five books of poetry and essays for Wolsak and Wynn (Segues, Composition, Late Bloomer, Book Ends and A Roller-coaster Ride).
She is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo (2013-16), a member of Poetry Gabriola, Haiku Canada, the League of Canadian Poets, Tanka Canada and is a life-time honorary member of The Federation of BC Writers and their first Honorary Ambassador. She lives on Gabriola Island with her husband, the sculptor, Elias Wakan.
Her recent works include:
On The Arts – personal essays on various aspects of creativity
Bent Arm for a Pillow – new and selected poems
Naomi in Nanaimo Again – her second annual report as Poet Laureate of Nanaimo
A Gabriola Notebook – a witty tour guide of author's home island
Naomi in Nanaimo – her first annual report as Poet Laureate of Nanaimo
Poetry That Heals – her life as a poet
Some Sort Of Life – her autobiograpy
And After 80 – poetry from 2012-2014