Ruben Quesada

Poet | Translator | 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.


WRITING Services

Proofreading, copy editing, and more. 



  • Catch and correct spelling, punctuation and typos.

Copy Editing (Light, Heavy, Substantive)

  • Light: Check accuracy and grammatical issues.

  • Heavy: Correct flow and edit some of the text.

  • Substantive: Restructure some paragraphs or correct style, flow and grammar.

Manuscript Evaluation

  • Consultations (via video or phone) to ensure goals for the manuscript are clear.

  • Review your manuscript based on those goals.

  • Recommendations for reorganization for clarity and structure.

Translating (Spanish, French)

  • Recreate a work, published or unpublished, from one language into another, or review a translation for overall consistency or tone as well as accuracy.


  • Produce pre-recorded spoken content verbatim into a written transcript. 

Researching / Fact Checking

  • Find information to support the writing of a work or to verify information already supplied.

Developmental Editing

  • Develop a book or other project from the initial concept onward, working closely with the author or client to study competing works and create a product that stands out.

Contact me to discuss how to help you achieve your goals.

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