Events

All events are free and take place at UMMA unless otherwise noted.

Thu
Oct 6

Zell Visiting Writers Series: Non-Fiction Author Raquel Gutierrez Reading and Q&A 

All events will be held in a hybrid format (i.e., both in person and over Zoom). Zoom attendees may login to all Zell Visiting Writers Series events via the usual link (with no pre-registration needed): https://tinyurl.com/ZellWriters  All events will include live, automatic captioning for Zoom attendees.

Raquel Gutiérrez is an arts critic/writer, poet and educator. Born and raised in Los Angeles Gutiérrez credits the queer and feminist DIY post-punk 'zine culture of the 1990s plus Los Angeles County and Getty paid arts internships with introducing her/them to the various vibrant art & music scenes and communities throughout Southern California. Gutiérrez is a 2021 recipient of the Rabkin Prize in Arts Journalism, as well as a 2017 recipient of the The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Her/Their writing has recently appeared in or is forthcoming in Art In America, NPR Music, Places Journal, and The Georgia Review. Gutiérrez teaches in the Oregon State University-Cascades Low Residency Creative Writing MFA Program. Gutiérrez calls Tucson, Arizona home. 

Part butch memoir, part ekphrastic travel diary, part queer family tree, Raquel Gutiérrez’s debut essay collection Brown Neon (Coffee House Press, 2022) considers what it means to be a Latinx artist during the Trump era, and gleans insight from the sediment of land and relationships. For Gutiérrez, terrain is essential to understanding that no story, no matter how personal, is separate from the space where it unfolds. Whether contemplating the value of adobe as both vernacular architecture and commodified art object, highlighting the feminist wounding and transphobic apparitions haunting the multi-generational lesbian social fabric, or recalling a failed romance, Gutiérrez traverses complex questions of gender, class, identity, and citizenship with curiosity and nuance.

The Zell Visiting Writers Series is a reading series presented by the Helen Zell Writers’ Program in partnership with the University of Michigan Museum of Art, with support from the Department of English Language & Literature, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and Janey Lack.

ZVWS events are free and open to the public. For additional information, questions, or accommodations needs, please contact Program Coordinator Michaela Kotziers at kotziers@umich.edu.