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 Ruben  Quesada

Ruben Quesada

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing for the Performing Arts

Office: 3562 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-2428
Email: rmquesada@eiu.edu
Website: http://rubenquesada.com

Office Hours

Appointment preferable:

  • Mondays: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesdays: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
  • Skype: T & Th by appointment


  • Latino Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry (University of New Mexico Press, forthcoming)
  • Next Extinct Mammal: Poetry (Greenhouse Review Press, 2011)
  • Exiled From the Throne of Night: Selected Translations of Luis Cernuda (Aureole Press, 2008)
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Frequently Taught Courses

  • Poetry Writing
  • Dramtic Writing
  • Literary Theory, Culture, & Criticism
  • Composition and Language


Ph.D., English, Texas Tech University
M.F.A., Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts, University of California-Riverside  


Professional Organizations

  • Electronic Literature Organization
  • Modern Language Association
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs


  • Poetry
  • Poetics 
  • Queer Studies

Funding & Grants

  • 2014 - 2015 Council on Faculty Research Award
  • Fellow CantoMundo Latino Writers Collective 
  • Fellow, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference
  • Fellow, Vermont Studio Center
  • Fellow, Squaw Valley Community of Writers
  • Resident Writer, Santa Fe Art Institute
  • Fellow, Lambda Literary Foundation Writer’s Retreat
  • Fellow, Idyllwild Arts Program


  • C0-Chair, Women's History Awareness Month Cmte, Eastern Illnois University (2014 - 2015)
  • Co-Chair, University Professionals of Illinois, Diversity Adhoc Cmte, Eastern Illinois University (2014 - 2015)
  • Editorial Director and Founder of S&QStories & Queer, a literary reading series whose mission is to create safe storytelling spaces for poets & writers of color in underrepresented areas of the country.
  • Editorial Experience:

2014 - Present: Poetry Editor, Cobalt Review
2014 - Present: Poetry Editor, Luna Luna Magazine 
2012 - Present: Poetry Editor, The Cossack Review
2011 - Present: Founder/Publisher, Codex Journal 



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