I'm a Mexican American poet, novelist, painter, mother and aspiring micro-farmer. In my work, I explore myths and folklore as well as motherhood, plants and the lineages of all things.
I was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and I grew up there with my parents, brother and sister. I studied fine art for many years, specializing in painting, both in high school and college. I have a B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of West Florida and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
My first poetry collection, Dirt and Honey, is available from Green Writers Press. My chapbook, Tales From the House of Vasquez, is the winner of the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize. My debut YA novel, Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything, will be published in 2020 by Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
I'm represented by Elizabeth Bewley of Sterling Lord Literistic.
Third Person Biography
Raquel Vasquez Gilliland is a Mexican American poet, novelist and painter. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2017. She’s most inspired by fog and seeds and the lineages of all things. When not writing, Raquel tells stories to her plants and they tell her stories back. She lives in Tennessee with her beloved family and mountains.