Raquel Gutiérrez Writing Residency

raquel centered with a desert landscape behind them

About the Artist


Raquel Gutiérrez is a critic, essayist, poet and educator. Gutiérrez’s first book Brown Neon (Coffee House Press) was named as one of the best books of 2022 by The New Yorker and listed in The Best Art Books of 2022 by Hyperallergic. Brown Neon is currently a finalist for the Lambda Literary Prize for Best Lesbian Biography/Memoir. A 2021 recipient of the Rabkin Prize in Arts Journalism, as well as a 2017 recipient of The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Gran, Gutiérrez teaches in the Oregon State University-Cascades Low Residency Creative Writing MFA Program.




  • Public Reading: April 12, 2023 – “A Southwest Reconstruction: An Evening of Poetry” – Ricker Library of Architecture & Art
  • Writing Workshop: April 13, 2023 – “Absence in Perpetuity”
  • Office Hours: April 14, 2023 – Minor Aesthetics Lab Office – Architecture Building

Writing Workshop: "Absence in Perpetuity"

Absence in Perpetuity invites thinking that goes beyond the “I” and the “you” in the poetic space of the page. We will think instead about distance and proximity, grief and mourning, and address the context that underscores those losses that animate the apostrophe in poem-making. This is an inquiry based and reflective pedagogical approach to the urgencies that underscore writing creatively.

What does it mean to create language against the backdrop of societal collapse brought on by the aftermath of the pandemic and autocratic seizures of power? How might we make language for one another in an age of remote intimacy? These are prompt-based strategies to explore the absent other other in the Zoom age.

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