Essays by Raquel Gutiérrez
June 7, 2022 • 5 x 7.75 • 232 pages • 978-1-56689-637-5
A meditation on southwestern terrains, intergenerational queer dynamics, and surveilled brown artists that crosses physical and conceptual borders.
Part butch memoir, part ekphrastic travel diary, part queer family tree, Raquel Gutiérrez’s debut essay collection Brown Neon gleans insight from the sediment of land and relationships. For Gutierrez, 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.
About the Author
Raquel Gutiérrez is a writer, arts critic, poet and educator. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gutierrez credits the DIY queer and feminist post-punk 'zine culture of the 1990s plus County and Getty paid arts internships with introducing her/them to the various vibrant art scenes and communities throughout Southern California. A 2021 recipient of the Rabkin Prize and a 2017 recipient of the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, Gutierrez calls Tucson, Arizona, home.