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Lázaro Gutiérrez


First Language(s): Spanish
Second Language(s): English


Lázaro Gutiérrez is a Cuban-born poet. His family immigrated to the USA when he was eight years old. Lázaro began writing stories and poetry at a young age. His work has appeared in Agora!, Z-Publishing House, The Literary Yard, Wingless Dreamer, Of Earth & Sky, You Might Need To Hear This, Poet’s Choice, and Hey Young Writer.


What was your favorite book as a child?

My favorite book as a child was Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. That book tugged at my heartstrings and made me realize that I could make people feel something magical and emotionally devastating, yet beautiful through my own words.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I started writing as a way to express how I was feeling and feed the creative urge I had inside me. It became an emotional outlet and it ultimately helped bring my imagination to life.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

I like to enjoy life, whether it is going on a hike and connecting to nature spiritually or feeling the wave of emotions of traveling a distant city I don’t know with my girlfriend, eating foods I have never tasted, and enjoying the simplicity of life.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I do listen to music while writing, particularly any song that conveys emotion because I will use that emotion to propel what I am feeling in my writing. My hand becomes tired from trying to keep up with the wave of emotions in certain songs and it almost becomes a race between my pen and the song. When I read I like to listen to the chirping of the birds because it helps me concentrate.


Issue Fall '22

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz