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.

Ruben Quesada is the author of Next Extinct Mammal and Exiled from the Throne of Night: Selected Translations of Luis Cernuda. His poems and translations have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and other anthologies and journals, and he has been awarded fellowships and grants from Vermont Studio Center, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Santa Fe Art Institute.

Quesada serves as faculty at The School of the Art Institute where he teaches poetry. Quesada is the founder of the Latinx Writers Caucus, which meets annually at AWP (Association of Writing Programs) and serves to connect and advocate for Latinx and Latin American poets and writers from around the world.

Revelations, a chapbook of poetry and literary translations, is now 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