Raquel GutiƩrrez Reading

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 6:00pm
Allbritton Center, Room 311, 222 Church Street


Raquel Gutiérrez is a critic, essayist, poet, and educator. Gutiérrez is a 2021 recipient of the Rabkin Prize in Arts Journalism, as well as a 2017 recipient of The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Gutiérrez teaches in the Oregon State University-Cascades Low Residency Creative Writing M.F.A. Program. Gutiérrez’s first book Brown Neon (Coffee House Press) was named as one of the best books of 2022 by The New Yorker.

“In these essays by a poet, arts writer, and self-identified ‘queer brown butch,’ encounters in Los Angeles and the Southwest with aging punks, border activists, lesbian legends, and others give rise to explorations of Latinx identity, cultural resistance, and the role of art. . . . The landscape cannot be separated from its history of violence, and there is no desert vista ‘that doesn’t have the uncanny attached to it.’” —The New Yorker

Co-sponsored by Wesleyan's Center for Creative Writing, the Allbritton Center for Public Life, and the Theater Department.