Raquel Gutierrez is an essayist, arts critic/writer, performance maker, and poet. Born and raised in Los Angeles, they currently live in Tucson. Gutierrez is a 2017 recipient of the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. They have performed at The Broad Museum, MOCA Los Angeles, Human Resources Los Angeles, Wildness, and Visual AIDS New York. Their poetry and essays have appeared online and in print, including NPR Music, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Georgia Review, The New Inquiry, FENCE, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. Gutierrez’s first book of prose, Brown Neon, will be published by Coffee House Press in the Spring of 2022.