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Cindy Williams Gutiérrez
is a poet, director and producer of spoken-word productions, and literary arts facilitator.

To learn more about her, take a look at her bio and resume.



Cindy's work has been published in Crab Orchard Review, ZYZZYVA, The Grove Review, Minotaur, Open Spaces, among others. Her poetry has been exhibited in People, Places and Perceptions: A Look at Contemporary Northwest Latino Art at the Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, Washington; Women's Stories: Voices of Eve at Galería Tonantzín in San Juan Bautista, California and in Women against Domestic Violence at La Oferta Review in San Jose, California. Cindy's poems have won awards from the National League of American Pen Women, Oregon State Poetry Association and Washington Poets Association.

As the founder of the Miracle Theatre Group's ¡Viva la Word! program, Cindy produced a bi-monthly Latino performance poetry series and directed the dramatization of contemporary Northwest poetry in Conquista and Rebellion in 2003 and Familia, Food and Fiesta in 2002. From 1997-1999, she was a literary arts facilitator with LifeLines in Menlo Park, California, where she collaborated with five other visual and literary artists to facilitate the creative expression of cancer patients and their families.

Originally from Brownsville, Texas, Cindy now lives near Portland, Oregon, with her husband Michael and their two furry friends.





  • Tin House, Reader, Portland, OR, 2004-present
  • Verseweavers, Contributing poet, Portland, OR, Fall 2005
  • CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, Contributing poet, Carbondale, IL, Summer/Fall 2005
  • The Grove Review, Contributing poet, Portland, OR , Summer/Fall 2005
  • The Wandering Hermit Review, Contributing author, Seattle, WA, Summer/Fall 2005
  • Minotaur, Contributing poet, Port Townsend, WA, Summer/Fall 2005
  • hipfish, Contributing poet, Astoria, OR, Fall 2001 & 2003
  • Conquista & Rebellion, Editor (anthology), Portland, OR, 2003
  • Open Spaces, Contributing poet, Portland, OR, March 2003
  • ZYZZYVA, Contributing poet, San Francisco, CA, Spring 2002
  • Familia, Food & Fiesta, Editor (anthology), Portland, OR, 2002
  • Chiyo's Corner, Contributing poet, Seattle, WA, Fall & Winter 2001
  • PoetsWest, Contributing poet, Seattle, WA, Winter 2000
  • Surrender, Author/publisher/co-producer, poetry book & CD, San Jose, CA, 1998


  • Oregon State Poetry Association, Second Place: Poet's Choice, 2005
  • Washington Poets Association, Honorable Mention: Traditional Form, 2004 & 2002
  • Washington Poets Association, First Place: Performance Poetry, 2000
  • National League of American Pen Women, Honorable Mention: Structured Verse, 2000


  • Readings from Around the World, Producer, international poetry & music series, The Grove Review, Portland, OR, 2005
  • Conquista & Rebellion, Director, dramatization of poetry, Miracle Theater Group, Portland, OR, 2003
  • Milagro on Calle 401K, Playwright, Miracle Theater Group, Portland, OR, 2002
  • Familia, Food & Fiesta, Director, dramatization of poetry, Miracle Theater Group, Portland, OR, 2002
  • El Grincho's El Dorado Escapade, Playwright, Miracle Theater Group, Portland, OR, 2001
  • Viva la Word!, Founder/producer, Latino poetry & performing arts series, Miracle Theater Group, Portland, OR, 2001-03
  • Festival of Day of the Dead, Dramaturge, Miracle Theater Group, Portland, OR, 2000
  • Dancing on Graves: Unmasking Life, Producer, Día de los Muertos reading, Los Norteños, Seattle, WA, 2000


  • People, Places and Perceptions, Northwest Latino art, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA, 2005
  • Women against Domestic Violence, visual art & poetry, La Oferta Review, San Jose, CA, 1998
  • Communities Empowered, arts & healing, Badè Museum, Berkeley, CA, 1998
  • Voices of Eve — Women's Stories, women's books, Galería Tonatzín, San Juan Bautista, CA, 1998
  • Scared, Scarred, Sacred, arts & healing, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA, 1998
  • Women in Collaboration, visual art & poetry, Kensington Gallery, San Jose, CA, 1993


  • Teachers Institute, Guest artist, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA, 2005
  • Unveiled Spirits, Marketing director, Crypto-Jewish lecture series, Miracle Theater Group, Portland, OR, 2003
  • Walking Meditation, Inter-faith poetry program coordinator, Seattle, WA, 2000
  • Leaders-in-Progress, Latina teens' writing workshop leader, YWCA, Seattle, WA, 2000
  • Lifelines, Arts facilitator, Cancer Support & Education Center, Menlo Park, CA, 1997-99


  • MFA Creative Writing, Stonecoast/University of Southern Maine, 2005-present
  • MBA, The Wharton School, Major in Strategic Planning, COGME Scholar, 1984-86
  • MA International Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Concentration in Latin America, 1984-86
  • BS Computer Science, Texas A&M University, President's Endowed Scholar, Magna Cum Laude, 1976-80