Ruben Quesada grew up in South Central Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Long Beach. He earned an MFA in creative writing & writing for the performing arts at University of California, Riverside, and a PhD in English at Texas Tech University. He is the author of Next Extinct Mammal (Greenhouse Review Press, 2011) and translator of Luis Cernuda: Exiled from the Throne of Night (Aureole Press, 2008).
Quesada is founding editor of Codex Journal, poetry editor at The Cossack Review, and co-founder of Stories & Queer. He has been a fellow and resident at CantoMundo, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Santa Fe Art Institute, Lambda Literary Foundation Writer’s Retreat, and Idyllwild Arts Program.
Publications and Prizes
Next Extinct Mammal (Greenhouse Review Press, 2011)
Exiled from the Throne of Night (Aureole Press, 2008)
Divining Divas (Lethe Press, 2012), Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011)
2 River Review, American Poetry Review, Askew #2, Cimarron Review, El Andar, Harbinger, Luna, OCHO, Pilgrimage, Queen Mob's Tea House, Rattle, Solo Novo, Southern California Review, Stand Magazine, Superstition Review, Third Coast