Gabriel Cortez

is a spoken word poet and teaching artist. His poetry has been featured on websites such as Upworthy and the Huffington Post and performed live in front of thousands in venues such as the Oracle Arena, Zellerbach Auditorium, the Nourse Auditorium, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He is a co-founder of Write Home, a project working to challenge public perceptions of homelessness and shift critical resources to homeless youth through spoken word poetry. Gabriel is also a poet mentor at Youth Speaks, the leading presenter of youth spoken word performance and education in the nation, as well as a 2014 grant recipient from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.