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.
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 Guernica, TriQuarterly, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Southern 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 Rumpus, Iron Horse Literary Review, Luna 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.