Roberto F. Santiago

3351 Richmond Boulevard Suite 3
Oakland , CA 94611

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)
(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)
, Waiting Room Reader, Vol II: Words to Keep You Company
(CavanKerry Press, 2013)
Assaracus, CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, Gingerbread House, Acentos Review
, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
, El Museo Del Barrio
, ENVOY Enterprises
, Montclair State University - LIVE Lit!, Pete's Candy Store, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
, Tongue Lashing
Prizes Won: 
2016 Lambda Literary Award for Poetry Finalist 2015 Able Muse Poetry Prize Long-list 2011 Alfred C. Carey Prize for Poetry

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

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: 
Raised in: 
Bronx, NY
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Last updated: Mar 21, 2016