Graduate Student Directory

Lisbet Gabriela Ramirez-Chavez
  • Title
    • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Graduate Student Instructor
    • Humanities Institute Public Fellow
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Literature Department
    • Creative Writing Program
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
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  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, N/A
  • Mail Stop Literature Department

Research Interests

Contemporary Latin American Literature, particularly mesoamerican indigenous poetry; Latinx Studies, focusing on the Diasporic Central American Community in the US; Indigenous, queer, and feminist poetry

Biography, Education and Training

Gabriela Ramirez-Chavez is a poet, translator, and Literature Ph.D. Candidate at UC Santa Cruz specializing in contemporary Central American writing. Her work appears or is forthcoming in CentroMariconadas: A Queer & Trans Central American AnthologyThe Wandering Song: Central Americans Writing in the United States (2017), Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands (2016), and elsewhere.

Gabriela currently lives in Seattle, where she is working on an English translation of El corazón de la piedra/Ri uk'u'x ri ab'aj (2010) by Maya K’iche’-Kaqchikel poet Rosa Chávez.

She has received scholarships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop and the USC/Los Angeles Review of Books Publishing Workshop.

Honors, Awards and Grants

2019

·       Tuition Fellowship for participation in the Kenyon Review Translation Workshop

2018

·      THI Public Fellowship 2018-2019 for acquisitions editorial internship at University of California Press, The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz

·       THI Summer Public Fellowship for acquisitions editorial internship at University of California Press, The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz

·       LARB Fellowship for participation in the Los Angeles Review of Books / University of Southern California Publishing Workshop 

·       Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship, Northern California Association of Phi Beta Kappa

2017

·       Research & Travel Grant, UC Santa Cruz Literature Department, support for research at the Historical National Police Archive of Guatemala 

2016

·       Travel Grant, UC Santa Cruz Literature Department

2015

·       Travel Grant, UC Santa Cruz Literature Department 

·       Michael Schoenecke Travel Grant, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association support for annual conference attendance

2014

·       Summer Language Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz Literature Department, support for K’iche’ Maya language course in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala 

2013

·       Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz 

 

Selected Presentations

 

Talks

·    “Centro Mariconadas: Queering Central American Narratives,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Portland, OR, March 2019

·   “‘That’s Not Relatable’: Radical Teaching on Race & Intersectionality in Writing,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, March, Portland, OR, March 2019

·   “A Tribute Presentation for Cecilia Vicuña,” with Jose Antonio Villarán, Living Writers Series, UC Santa Cruz, May 2018

·   “Archiving Absence: A Poetic Family History of Disappearance in Wartime Guatemala,” Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Student Conference, UC Merced, April 2017

·   “Where Identities Collide: Poetry of South Korea, Guatemala & the U.S,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2015

·   “‘I think I made you up inside my head’: The Hysterical Daughter in Plath’s Father Figure Poems,” Re/Inventions: Annual Graduate Student Conference, CSU Long Beach, April 2013

·   “Weave a Circle Round Them Thrice: Plath’s Conjuring of Coleridge in ‘Daddy’ and ‘Lady Lazarus’,” Sylvia Plath Symposium, IU Bloomington, October 2012

 

Poetry Readings

 ·   “The Wandering Song: A Poetic Celebration,” Acción Latina, San Francisco, CA, April 2018

·   “Papeles/Paperless: Poetry as Document of Transnational and Transgenerational Trauma,” Re/Inventions: Annual Graduate Student Conference, CSU Long Beach, April 2018

·   “Jingletown Reading Presents The Wandering Song," Cesar E. Chavez Library, Oakland, CA, March 2018

·   “Poets People Words Presents: The Wandering Song from Tía Chucha,” Bonita, CA, September 2017

·   “Not Disappearing into Americaness: Code-Switching as Cultural Preservation through Language Conservation,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Los Angeles, March 2016

·   “Central American Poetics: Guatemalan and Salvadoran Poets in the City,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Los Angeles, CA, March 2016

·    “Poetry at the Public School: A reading with David Buuck, Angel Dominguez, and Gabriela Ramirez-Chavez,” Santa Cruz, CA, October 2015

·   “Living Writers Series,” UC Santa Cruz, May 2015

·    “Counteractions: A Poetry Reading at SubRosa," The Poetry & Politics Research Collective, Santa Cruz, CA, April 2015