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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: M 12:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.; W 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Skype T 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Dr. Ruben Quesada is founder and publisher of Codex Journal, poetry editor at The Cossack Review and Cobalt Review, and 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

Poetry Writing
Dramatic Writing
Cultural Criticism and Theory
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

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


Philosophy and Poetry 
Verisimilitude in Poetry and Film 

Selected Publications

"Dark Matter" PoetrySeen
"On Witness" Superstition Review
"On Telos" Ostrich Review
"Aubade" The Rumpus 



Editorial Experience:

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


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