Carlos Rafael Gomez is a writer and teacher from Charlottesville, Virginia. He holds an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Cornell University and a B.A. in English from Yale University. His essays and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Cutthroat, Flash Fiction Magazine, Bridges to Cuba, Cutbank, Cosmonaut’s Avenue, and more. His academic work explores queer temporalities in literature, especially as they relate to illness, grief, and sexuality. His current courses focus on the theme of fear as reflected, transformed, and/or exploited in popular media. Prior to UCLA, he served as a Lecturer in Cornell’s Department of Literatures in English, where he taught Freshman Composition, Creative Writing, and the Personal Essay. He lives in West Hollywood with his dog, a Jack Russell-mix named Arthur.