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Ruben Quesada, MFA, Ph.D.

Antioch University Los Angeles

Ruben Quesada’s writing appears in Best American Poetry, Harvard Review, New York Times Magazine, American Poetry ReviewPleiades, and Ploughshares. He has served as poetry editor for AGNI, PANK, Pleiades, and as a poetry blogger for The Kenyon Review and Ploughshares. He is a Contributing Editor at Tab Journal at Chapman University.

He is editor of a hybrid collection of essays, Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry, collecting more than two dozen Hispanic and Portuguese poets. These essays explore the personal and academic practice of writing. He is the author of Revelations and Next Extinct Mammal: Poems. He has served as a coordinator for PEN America’s literary awards committee and the Publishing Triangle Awards.

Prior to joining Antioch, Ruben held teaching positions at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Northwestern University, and School of the Art Institute, among other institutions.

Educational History

Ph.D. in English Literature, Texas Tech University

MFA in Creative Writing in Fiction and Nonfiction, University of California Riverside

BA in Creative Writing in Poetry and Poetics, University of California Riverside

Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry (University of New Mexico Press 2022)

Revelations: Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press 2018)

Next Extinct Mammal (Greenhouse Review Press 2011)

Exiled from the Throne of Night: Selected Translations of Luis Cernuda (Aureole Press 2008)

2022 Chair, Nonfiction Committee

Board Member, National Book Critics Circle

Artists Program Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago

Latinx Writers Caucus

Canto Mundo

Federico García Lorca Poetry Prize

National Book Critics Circle

PEN America

Popular Culture Association

Academy of American Poets

Ruben Quesada

Elective Faculty ,

MFA in Creative Writing Program


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