Raquel Gutiérrez is an arts critic/writer, poet, and educator.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gutierrez credits the DIY queer and feminist post-punk zine culture of the 1990s, plus County and Getty paid arts internships, with introducing her/them to vibrant art scenes and communities throughout Southern California. Gutierrez is a 2021 recipient of the Rabkin Prize, as well as a 2017 recipient of the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Her/Their writing has recently appeared in or is forthcoming in Art In America, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Georgia Review, and NPR Music.
Gutierrez currently teaches in the English department at the University of California, Riverside, and is program faculty for Oregon State University-Cascades Low Residency Creative Writing MFA Program. Her/Their first book of prose, Brown Neon, is an ekphrastic memoir that considers what it means to be a Latinx artist during the Trump era; it will be published by Coffee House Press in 2022. Gutierrez currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.