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.
Ruben Quesada teaches Latinx Literatures, Poetry and Translation at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Columbia College Chicago, UCLA Writers' Program, and ChiArts.
A gifted writer, editor and translator with over a decade of practical experience and training, Dr. Quesada is the editor of a 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.
Dr. Quesada serves as an editor for the Chicago Review of Books and Queen Mob's Tea House. He has served as a contributor to Ploughshares, The Rumpus, Iron Horse Literary Review, Luna Luna Magazine, The Cossack Review, and Cobalt Review.
His poems, recordings and other media have been featured in American Poetry Review, Southern Humanities Review, TriQuarterly, Oxford American, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Poetry Foundation and elsewhere.
Dr. Quesada serves as the Founding Member and Executive Director of the Latino Caucus, which meets annually at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference. He is invested in the success and promotion of Latinx writers at all stages of their career.
Dr. Quesada's second collection of poetry is currently under consideration.