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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://www.rubenquesada.com

Summer Office Hours (June - July): Tuesdays 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm. 
Dr. Ruben Quesada is founder and publisher of Codex Journal, poetry editor at The Cossack Review and Cobalt Review, and guest poetry editor at Luna Luna Magazine.
Founder of Stories & Queer, a non profit, traveling reading series whose mission is to create safe storytelling spaces for poets & writers of color in underrepresented areas of the country, he now serves as its creative consultant.
A Pushcart Prize nominee in poetry, his writing has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The California Journal of Poetics, Superstition Review, Guernica, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere.
Dr. Quesada 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.

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Frequently Taught Courses

Graduate/Undergraduate Poetry Workshop                                                                  
Poetry and Poetics
Digital Storytelling
Gender & Queer Literature and Criticism     
Dramatic Writing Workshop
Composition, Literature & Language  


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


Professional Organizations

PEN American 
Electronic Literature Organization
National Council of Teachers of English 
Modern Language Association
Association of Writers & Writing Programs 


Philosophy & Poetry Writing 
Versimilitude in Poetry & Film 



Editorial Experience:

2014 - Present:              Poetry Editor, Cobalt Review
2012 – Present:             Poetry Editor, The Cossack Review
2011 – Present:             Editor in Chief, Codex Journal

2012 – 2013:                 Nonfiction Editor, Bluestem Magazine

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