Rachel Ronquillo Gray

Writer

Rachel Ronquillo Gray was born and raised in rural Nevada and holds an MFA from Indiana University. She is a 2018 Sundress Academy of the Arts resident, a Kundiman and Pink Door fellow  and an alum of the VONA and Las Dos Brujas writing workshops. Her work has appeared in Puñeta: Political Pilipinx Poetry, Digging Through the Fat, Winter Tangerine Review, Radar Poetry, As/Us, Lantern Review and other places. She currently lives, writes and makes food in Bloomington, Indiana.

“And yet, we meet there”: On Resistance, Memory and Transformation in Sarah Gambito’s Loves You 

What I love about cookbooks is that they make me excited to do something. They inspire me to action. They show me delicious, beautiful things — things that I might not even know I want until I see them and realize that I’m craving them. And cookbooks don’t just dangle the beautiful things in front of me; they show me how to make them myself. A well-written recipe gives me a road map for a journey that I never thought I’d go on, a journey I sometimes don’t even realize I’m on until I’m in the middle of following a recipe’s instructions.