Chelsea Potupchik Guevara is a poet and spoken word artist from West Jordan, Utah. As a Salvadoran-Caucasian American, her work focuses on examination of overlapping cultures, mixed identity, and Latinx and immigrant struggles.
She has performed at multiple venues across the Salt Lake Valley, captaining the State Champion 2019 Copper Hills Poetry Slam Team in her senior year of high school and also taking individual honors at both the Utah Arts Festival, where she was crowned Youth Indie Slam Champion, as well as Sugar Slam.
Her poetry has been featured on Write About Now as well as KRCL's RadioACTive various times. She took part in the art show "Rooted: Art Away From Home", done to celebrate Welcome Week for immigrants and refugees, and was part of the Writers for Migrant Justice event in Utah. Chelsea's poetry is also part of the Mapping Literary Utah project which showcases the vast styles of writing and experiences that exist in Utah.
Chelsea Potupchik Guevara is currently studying at the University of Utah, while also competing in and presenting poetry at local venues. She represented the state of Utah on the stage of the international Woman of the World Poetry Slam competition in March 2020. As a featured poet, she held a virtual workshop the following April for almost 50 high school students for the Utah Annual High School Poetry Slam event. She also taught slam poetry for the Egyptian YouTheatre Bilingual Summer Camp in June 2020, engaging with students of elementary and middle school ages. She is a coaches at Kearns High School, helping students to hone their writing skills and poetry performances while also holding writing workshops for Utah youth in other schools and areas. She hopes that an introduction to slam poetry will help students and adults alike to find stories that make them feel at home, and to be the representative voices to stories that are important to them.
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