Xavier Valcárcel is a writer, visual artist, and cultural activist. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including Aterrizar no es regreso, a personal chronicle (Ediciones Alayubia, San Juan, 2019); Cama onda (2007); Palo de lluvia (2010); Restos de lumbre y despedida (2012); El deber del pan (2013); and Fe de calendario (2016). He studied Fine Arts and Architecture Education at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, where he also completed a master’s degree in Cultural Management and Administration. In 2009, together with Nicole Delgado, he created the guerrilla publishing house Atarraya Cartonera. Some of his work has been translated into English, German, and Portuguese. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he grew up in Loíza. In 2021, he was named an inaugural Letras Boricuas Fellow by the Flamboyan Foundation.