Gabriel Cortez

is a spoken word poet and teaching artist. His work has been featured on Upworthy and the Huffington Post and performed live in front of thousands in such venues 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 US.