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Roberto F. Santiago

Author's Bio

Roberto received his MFA from Rutgers University, and BA from Sarah Lawrence College. He is a ​2015 Sarah Lawrence Fellow, ​2014 Lambda Literary Fellow​,​ the recipient of the Alfred C. Carey Poetry Prize, and his debut book of poetry is a Finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Poetry. Roberto writes and produces his own music, ​and likens himself to Tennessee Williams in a poodle skirt, ​Gloria Anzaldúa in culottes​, and/or ​​James Merrill in ​short-shorts.​ Currently, he works as​ an educator​ in San Francisco and lives in Oakland with a fiction writer and 15 year old cat that edits most of his poetry...whether he asks her to, or not.

Publications and Prizes

Angel Park (Lethe Press, 2015)
Waiting Room Reader, Vol II: Words to Keep You Company (CavanKerry Press, 2013), -gape-seed- (Uphook Press, 2011), collective BRIGHTNESS LGBTIQ Poets on Religion, Faith & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011), Me No Habla With Acento : Contemporary Latino Poetry (Rebel Satori Press, 2011), The Best of Panic: En Vivo From the East Village (Rebel Satori Press, 2010)
Assaracus, CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, Gingerbread House, The Acentos Review
El Museo Del Barrio (2011), Tongue Lashing (2011), BLOOD PANIC! (2010), ENVOY Enterprises (2010), HISPANIC PANIC! (2010), The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (2010), Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (2009), Montclair State University - LIVE Lit! (), Pete's Candy Store ()
2016 Lambda Literary Award for Poetry Finalist 2015 Able Muse Poetry Prize Long-list 2011 Alfred C. Carey Prize for Poetry

Roberto F. Santiago Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Family Life by Akhil Sharma, Illuminations by Ashbery/Rimbaud, My Kill Adore Him by Paul Martínez Pompa, YES PLEASE by Amy Poehler , The Rope Swing by Jon Corcoran
Favorite Books:
After Night Falls, Bossypants, The Republic of Poetry, Chicken Soup with Rice, and What The Living Do.
Favorite Authors:
Marie Howe, Reinaldo Arenas, John Ashbery, Frank Bidart, Björk, and Tennessee Williams.

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Listing last updated: March 21, 2016

More Information

Listed as:
Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings?
Travels for readings?
Identifies as:
Christian, G/L/B/T, Latino/Latina, Puerto Rican, South Asian
Prefers to work with:
Adults, At Risk Youth, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, People with Disabilities, Teachers, Teenagers
Fluent in:
Born in:
Bronx, NY
Raised in:
Bronx, NY

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