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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           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 (Riverside), Dr. Quesada serves or will serve as faculty for UCLA Writers' Program, Vermont College of Fine Arts, and Chicago High School for the Arts. 

            Awarded fellowships and residencies from Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, Aspen Summer Words, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Santa Fe Art Institute, Red Lodge Clay Center, and CantoMundo. He is invested in the creation of community infrastructure and the promotion of Latinx writers at all stages of their career. 

            Writing and artwork have been featured in GuernicaTriQuarterly, The American Poetry ReviewPloughsharesSouthern Humanities Review, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Poetry Foundation, and elsewhere. His work focuses on personal, political, and historical views of life in the United States.

            A contributor to Ploughshares, The RumpusIron Horse Literary ReviewLuna Luna Magazine, The Cossack Review, and Cobalt Review, Dr. Quesada serves as an editor for the Chicago Review of Books, Queen Mob's Tea House,  as the founding member of the Latino Caucus at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference.