Gabriel Cortez is a biracial poet, educator, and organizer of Panamanian descent. His work has appeared in The New York Times, National Public Radio, and Huffington Post and is forthcoming in The Breakbeat Poets Anthology Volume 4 (2020). He is a VONA fellow, NALAC grant recipient, and winner of the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize.

Gabriel is a member of the artist collective, Ghostlines, and co-founder of The Root Slam, an award-winning poetry venue dedicated to inclusivity, justice, and artistic growth, as well as Write Home, a project working to challenge public perceptions of houselessness and shift critical resources to houseless Bay Area youth through spoken word poetry.

Gabriel currently works as Lead Poet Mentor at Youth Speaks, one of the world’s leading presenters of spoken word performance, education, and youth development programs.

Photo by Felix Uribe Jr