Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez is a non-binary Chilean poet, novelist, and translator. They are the author of the novel La Pava, published by the Chilean press Ediciones Inubicalistas. Their writing has appeared in the 2021 Best New Poets Anthology, Colorado Review, West Branch, Quarterly West, DIAGRAM, and other literary journals. They hold an M.F.A. in poetry from Cornell University.
Gutmann-Gonzalez is the winner of the 2018 Boulevard Emerging Poets Prize, and have been awarded fellowships from the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, Lambda Writing Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, TAKT Residency in Berlin, Center for Book Arts, Frost Place Conference on Poetry, and the Studios at MASS MoCA.
They are an associate professor of practice in creative writing at Clark University, where they founded and run the Clark Poets and Writers Reading Series, which hosts readings by writers of color and queer/trans writers.
While at MacDowell they worked on their documentary poetics project Salem Songs, which uses 17th century court records of the Salem Witch Trials as a sounding board, mining the archives to uncover the power and violence residing within the language of the legal system. “A/An,” a chapbook selection from this project, is forthcoming from End of the Line Press in December 2023. Poems from this series have also been published in the Best New Poets Anthology, Colorado Review, and Quarterly West, as well as exhibited as broadsides and a sound installation piece at Hesse Flatow Gallery in NYC in a group show titled Affective Histories in 2021.