Name: Mandy Gutmann-Gonzales
Bio: Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez, 30, grew up in Vilches, Chile. They hold an MFA in Poetry from Cornell University. In 2010, they attended the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets and in 2013, the Lambda Writing Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices. Their novel in Spanish La Pava (Ediciones Inubicalistas, 2016) follows three children who indirectly experience the trauma of the Pinochet military dictatorship. The poems in their current project, Edge Beast, “close read” objects at once familiar and foreign (a microwave, nail polish, a WW2 bunker). Most recently their poetry has appeared in Hobart, BLOOM, and Cimarron Review. The poem chosen for the Visible Poetry Project, "The Microwave," is in conversation with the hypnotic, digitalized world in Taiwanese artist Chen Wan-jen's video "The Unconscious Voyage," in which people move across a barren landscape in loops of repetitive movement. Boundaries, scope, elegy, and apocalypse, are some of the ideas animating this poem.
Favorite poetry collection: Helen in Egypt by H.D.
Favorite film: Under the Skin (2013, Jonathan Glazer).