Ruben Quesada

Poet | Translator | 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.

Founder of the Latinx Writers Caucus, Ruben Quesada is the author of a chapbook of poetry and translations, Revelations (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018). He has taught poetry at Northwestern University, The School of the Art Institute, Vermont College of Fine Arts, and UCLA Writers’ Program. He served formerly as contributing editor of Chicago Review of Books, essays editor of The Rumpus, and blogger at Ploughshares.

Currently, he serves as a blogger at Kenyon Review and as poetry editor at AGNI.

Revelations, a chapbook of poetry and literary translations, is available from Sibling Rivalry Press.

One of Chicago’s LIT 50—-a list of fifty people who demonstrate our city’s literary clout—locally, nationally and internationally.
NewCity Lit , 2019