Gabriel Cortez

is an afro-panamanian american spoken word poet and teaching artist. His poetry has been featured on Upworthy and the Huffington Post and performed live in front of thousands in venues such as the Oracle Arena, the Nourse Auditorium, and UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. He has shared the stage with Big Sean, J. Cole, Selena Gomez, Seth Rogan, Laila Ali, Orlando Bloom, Reggie Watts, Martin Luther King III, and Magic Johnson. Gabriel is also a Youth Speaks poet mentor and the first ever co-recipient of the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize, which he used to co-found Write Home, a project utilizing spoken word poetry as a tool to challenge public perceptions of homelessness and create spaces to empower homeless youth through performance art // Read more