Vania Luna Gutierrez

2019 YBCA 100 Honoree

Vania Gutierrez, also known as Luna, is a Xicana poet, performer, organizer, and first-generation scholar hailing from Chicago’s Humboldt Park. She uses poetry as a tool for navigating a life rooted in justice, healing, and global community. Luna is also an alumna of Kuumba Lynx in Chicago, and a recipient of the BP Citizens of Tomorrow scholarship and the John Vietnam Black and Brown Activism Award.