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 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.
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 Rumpus, Iron Horse Literary Review, Luna 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 Review, Southern Humanities Review, TriQuarterly, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Poetry Foundation and elsewhere.
Dr. Quesada is at work on his second collection of poetry.