Ruben Quesada

Poet and Editor

Ruben Quesada is the editor of the forthcoming volume of essays Latino Poetics from University of New Mexico Press, author of poetry collection Next Extinct Mammal, and translator of the early 20th century Spanish poet, Luis Cernuda, Exiled from the Throne of Night.

            His poetry, prose, and short films have been featured at The American Poetry Review, PloughsharesStand, The California Journal of Poetics, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Poetry Foundation. His work focuses on cityscapes, science, popular culture, road trips, religion, sexual identity, family history, sibling rivalry, homophobia and heartbreaks.

He’s held fellowships and residencies at the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and CantoMundo. Ruben is invested in the creation of community infrastructure and the promotion of Latino writers at all stages of their career.

Recently named as one of Chicago's LIT 50---"a list of fifty people who demonstrate our city’s literary clout—locally, nationally and internationally" by Newcity Lit

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Ruben Quesada is a gifted writer, fluent in both English and Spanish. He is the editor of the forthcoming volume of essays Latino Poetics from University of New Mexico Press, author of poetry collection Next Extinct Mammal, and translator of Luis Cernuda's poetry, Exiled from the Throne of Night.

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           Having earned a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis on Classicism and American Poetry from Texas Tech University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Dr. Quesada teaches at Columbia College Chicago, UCLA Writers' Program, and ChiArts. This fall, he will serve as Visiting Faculty in Poetry and Editing at Vermont College of Fine Arts.  

            Dr. Quesada serves as an editor for the Chicago Review of Books and Queen Mob's Tea House. He is invested in the success and promotion of Latinx writers at all stages of their career. He has served as a contributor to Ploughshares, The RumpusIron Horse Literary ReviewLuna Luna Magazine, The Cossack Review, and Cobalt Review. He is the founding member of the Latino Caucus, which meets annually at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference.  Poems, recordings and other media have been featured in The American Poetry ReviewSouthern Humanities ReviewTriQuarterly,  the Art Institute of Chicago, the Poetry Foundation and elsewhere. 

            Dr. Quesada is at work on his second collection of poetry.