Poet, editor, playwright, and journalist Gabriel Gomez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He earned a BA at the College of Santa Fe and an MFA at St. Mary’s College of California.

Gomez is the author of the poetry collection The Outer Bands (2007), which was chosen by Valerie Martinez as the 2006 winner of the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize. He has also been awarded a writing residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute.

Gomez’s poetry is rooted in images of the body and landscape. His work explores the intersection of cultural, personal, and political heritage in forms that at once nod to traditional and experimental modes, and include everything from pastiche to found language. As Craig Santos Perez noted in a review of The Outer Bands for Latino Poetry Review, Gomez “inventively makes audible what is ultimately ‘inaudible for poetry,’ from the transformations of glaciers to the vows of retablos, from the power of song to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina.” The poet D.A. Powell has called Gomez’s poetry “a kindness in the midst of a disordered world; a spire rising from the floodwaters,” adding that it is “a remarkable gift to us all.”

Gomez was a founding co-editor of Breach Press and has taught at Tulane University, the University of New Orleans, and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He lives in Santa Fe, where he helps to produce the Santa Fe Indian Market and hosts a weekly live music radio show, The Junk Drawer.

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