Ruben Quesada grew up in South Central Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Long Beach. He is the author of Next Extinct Mammal and translator of Luis Cernuda: Exiled from the Throne of Night. Quesada is founder and publisher of Codex Journal, and poetry editor at Cobalt Review and The Cossack Review. A 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, Guernica, Cimarron Review, 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.
Quesada teaches English and Creative Writing at Eastern Illinois University. His research interests include poetry & poetics, digital storytelling (composition), and queer studies.