Gentle Ramirez is an Artist, Poet, and an Aquarius working through healing and repatriation in the context of the Old World. Gentle challenges the traditional thought and framework personally and professionally by rewriting the stories of their own origin. They determine that they are who they are, despite subjugation and struggle, not because of it. Gentle uses African American Vernacular English as a source of inspiration, creation, and connection.
. Gentle’s work centers poetry to revolutionize concepts surrounding race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, ability, citizenship, universal forces, and more.
Gentle is a 2020 Finalist for the Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading Committee's Prize, and a recipient of The Oluwatoyin Salua Freedom Fighters Grant (2020). Gentle has featured and hosted at Barnard’s Annual Sister Spit and featured in Say It Loud: A Showcase of Arts and Black Activism at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Additionally, they have also performed at Mercer Street: The Black Edition, Monday College Finals Bowery, The Nuyorican Cafe, The Hun School of Princeton, Bryn Mawr College, among other institutions.
Gentle is also a New Jersey Poetry Out Loud Finalist, and a 2019 Semifinalist at ACUI’s College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. Their work has been featured in NYUnited, Bryant Park Poetry, West 10th, The Columbia Spectator, The Providence Journal, PoetNY, Write About Now Poetry, Washington Square News: Arts, Alchemy Magazine, Davidson College’s Sankofa Journal, in anthologies and more.
Finally, Gentle is a BA candidate at New York University and most recently the author of their first book, Ultram (KDP 2018).