Roberto F. Santiago

Poet, Spoken Word Artist

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 & Prizes


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)
Angel Park (Lethe Press, 2015)

Spoken Word

El Museo Del Barrio (2011)
Tongue Lashing (2011)
ENVOY Enterprises (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 ()
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

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
Christian, LGBTQ, Latino/Latina/Latinx, Puerto Rican, South Asian
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, LGBTQ, Disability, Teachers, Teenagers
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Born in: 
Raised in: 
Bronx, NY
New York
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Last update: Mar 21, 2016