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EIU Department of English


Ruben Quesada, Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts

Office: 3562 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-2428



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

  • Poetry Writing
  • Dramatic Writing
  • Literary and Cultural 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

  • Cantomundo
  • Letras Latinas
  • Modern Language Association
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs


  • Poetry & Poetics 
  • Dramatic Writing
  • Cultural Theory & Criticism 

Selected Publications


Blue Mesa Review
University of Missouri-Kansas City
The Conversant 
La Bloga

Letras Latinas

Funding & Grants

  • Person of the Year, The Daily Eastern News (2015) 
  • Council on Faculty Research Award (2014 - 2015) 
  • Writer-in-Residence, Red Lodge Clay Center (June 2015)
  • Fellow, CantoMundo Latino Writers Collective (2011 - Present)
  • Fellow, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference (2011)
  • Writer-in-Residence, Santa Fe Art Institute (May 2010) 
  • Fellow, Vermont Studio Center (2009)
  • Fellow, Squaw Valley Community of Writers (2007)
  • Fellow, Lambda Literary Foundation Writer’s Retreat (2007)
  • Fellow, Idyllwild Arts Program (2007)


  • Co-Chair, Women's History Awareness Month (2014 - 2015) 
  • Faculty Representative, EIU Presidential Search Committee (2014 - 2015)
  • Editorial Director/Founder: 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.
  • Literary Editorial Experience

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


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Department of English

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
Fax: (217) 581-7209

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