Faculty and Staff
Assistant Professor of English
Office Hours: MW 12:00-1:00 p.m. & 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Dr. Ruben Quesada grew up in South Central Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Long Beach. He earned an MFA in creative writing & writing for the performing arts at University of California, Riverside, and a PhD in English at Texas Tech University. He is the author of Next Extinct Mammal (Greenhouse Review Press, 2011) and translator of Luis Cernuda: Exiled from the Throne of Night (Aureole Press, 2008).
Quesada is founding editor of Codex Journal, poetry editor at The Cossack Review, and co-founder of Stories & Queer. A Pushcart Prize nominee in poetry, his writing has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The California Journal of Poetics, Guernica, Cimarron Review, Southern California Review, Third Coast, The Rumpus, Rattle, and elsewhere. He 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.
Frequently Taught Courses
Composition and Rhetoric
Composition and Literature
EducationPh.D. Texas Tech University
M.F.A. University of California
Electronic Literature Organization
National Council of Teachers of English
Modern Language Association
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Philosophy & Poetry Writing
Aesthetics of Latino Poetry
Digital & Born-Digital, Theory and Practice
2012 – Present: Poetry Editor, The Cossack Review
2012 – Present: Nonfiction Editor, Bluestem Magazine
2011 – Present: Founding Editor, Codex Journal