Graduate Student Directory

Gabriela Ramirez-Chavez
  • Title
    • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Graduate Student Instructor
    • Humanities Institute Public Fellow
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Literature Department
    • Creative Writing Program
  • Affiliations Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Latin American & Latino Studies
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  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, N/A
  • Mail Stop No Mailstop

Research Interests

Contemporary Latin American Literature, esp. 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 was born and raised in South Central LA and now lives in Seattle. Her research focuses on translation and contemporary indigenous Mesomerican poetry, especially from Iximulew (Guatemala). Her dissertation is a critical introduction to the work of Rosa Chávez (Maya K'iche' and Kaqchikel) with an English translation of her poetry book Ri uk'u'x ri ab'aj / El corazón de la piedra (Heart of the Stone). These translations have been featured in Asymptote, The Against Nature Journal, and are forthcoming in CentroMariconadas: A Queer and Trans Central American Anthology. Gabriela's own poetry and essays have been published in literary journals and anthologies, including The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States

Honors, Awards and Grants


·       Tuition Fellowship for participation in the Kenyon Review Translation Workshop


·      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


·       Summer Research & Travel Grant, UC Santa Cruz Literature Department


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


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


·       Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz 


Selected Presentations

Poetry Readings 

·   "Pach'um Tzij: Poetry Reading and Conversation" with Rosa Chávez, hosted by KU Depts. of Spanish and Portuguese & Indigenous Studies, Online, April 2021

 ·   “Translating Indigenous Bicultural Poetry from Guatemala and Mexico,” ALTA43, Online, October 2020

 ·   Trilingual Reading with Rosa Chávez for Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series: Indigenous LanguagesALTA43, Online, September 2020

 ·   Trilingual Reading with Rosa Chávez in celebration of Women in Translation Month, hosted by Jill! and the PEN Translation Committee, August 2020

·   “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

·   “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



·    “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