Ruben Quesada

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Chicago, IL
Illinois US

Author's Bio

Ruben Quesada is the author of Brutal Companion, winner of the Barrow Street Poetry Prize, 2023 Editors’ Choice. Dr. Quesada edited the IPPY Gold Medal Award-winning anthology Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry (University of New Mexico Press). His poetry and prose appear in The New York Times Magazine, Poetry Northwest, Lambda Literary Review, Southern Humanities Review, Harvard Review and elsewhere. A former board member of the National Book Critics Circle, he is now a Teaching Fellow at the Attic Institute of Arts & Letters. He teaches poetry and literature at Columbia College Chicago, Antioch University’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program and the Pan-European MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry (University of New Mexico Press, 2022)
Lambda Literary
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Leaning toward Light Poems for Gardens & the Hands That Tend Them (Storey Publishing, 2023)
Wherever I'm At—An Anthology of Chicago Poetry (Third World Press, 2022)
Divining Divas (Lethe Press, 2012)
Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011)
Brutal Companion (Barrow Street Press, 2024)
Next Extinct Mammal (Greenhouse Review Press, 2011)
Exiled from the Throne of Night: Selected Translations of Luis Cernuda (Aureole Press, 2008)
Prizes won: 

Brutal Companion, Barrow Street Poetry Prize, 2023 Editors' Choice

More Information

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Identifies as: 
Hispanic, Latino/Latina/Latinx, LGBTQ
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Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Los Angeles
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Last update: Feb 23, 2024