Xavier Valcárcel (Loíza, 1985) is a writer, visual artist, and cultural activist. He is a proud Puerto Rico poet, not a US American poet, and Puerto Rico’s colonial status inflects and informs his work. Along with Nicole Delgado, he founded Atarraya Cartonera (San Juan, 2009), the first Cartonera project in the Caribbean. He has published seven books of poetry, most recently Fe de calendario (2016) and Helio (2022); as well as the chronicle Aterrizar no es regreso (2019). His work has been included in a variety of anthologies and translated into English, German, and Portuguese.