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.


Ruben Quesada has taught Latinx Literatures, Poetry, and Literary 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, Quesada is the author of Next Extinct Mammal, and translator of Luis Cernuda, Exiled from the Throne of Night: Selected Translations.

Dr. Quesada is currently editing of a volume of essays by contemporary Latinx poets on poetry, Latino Poetics (University of New Mexico Press). In November 2018, Revelations (Sibling Rivalry Press), a collection of poetry and literary translations will be available. 

Dr. Quesada serves as the Founding Director of the Latinx Writers 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.

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