Gabriel Cortez

is a poet, educator, and cultural organizer. His work has been featured in The New York Times, the Huffington Post, and Upworthy, and performed live in front of thousands at the Oracle Arena, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and on National Public Radio. Gabriel is a VONA fellow, NALAC grant recipient, and winner of the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize. He is a co-founder of the Ghostlines Collective, the Write Home Project, and The Root Slam, which was named Best Poetry Slam 2018 in the East Bay Express.