Ruben Quesada In-Store Author Event

The Book Cellar Chicago, IL

Cover of Latinx Poetics: Essays on the art of Poetry, edited by Ruben Quesada

Ruben Quesada will be in store at the Book Cellar to celebrate his new book, Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry.

This event also features readings from Jordi Alonso, Adela Najarro, Francisco Aragon, Gustavo Baharona-López, and Carlo Matos. 


About the Book:

Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry collects personal and academic writing from Latino, Latin American, Latinx, and Luso poets about the nature of poetry and its practice. At the heart of this anthology lies the intersection of history, language, and the human experience. The collection explores the ways in which a people’s history and language are vital to the development of a poet’s imagination and insists that the meaning and value of poetry are necessary to understand the history and future of a people. The Latinx community is not a monolith, and accordingly the poets assembled here vary in style, language, and nationality. The pieces selected expose the depth of existing verse and scholarship by poets and scholars including Brenda Cárdenas, Daniel Borzutzky, Orlando Menes, and over a dozen more.

The essays not only expand the poetic landscape but extend Latinx and Latin American linguistic and geographical boundaries. Writers, educators, and students will find awareness, purpose, and inspiration in this one-of-a-kind anthology.

About the Author: 

Ruben Quesada is the editor of a hybrid collection, Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry. He is the author of Revelations and Next Extinct Mammal: Poems. His writing appears in The New York Times, Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, and Kirkus. He has served as an editor for AGNI, PANK, The Rumpus, and Pleiades and as a poetry blogger for The Kenyon Review and Ploughshares. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Antioch University-Los Angeles and for the UCLA Writers’ Program.

About the Readers: 

Jordi Alonso graduated with an AB in English from Kenyon College in 2014 and was the first Turner Fellow in Poetry at Stony Brook University, where he received his MFA. He has a Ph.D. in Victorian Literature from the University of Missouri. He’s been published in Kenyon Review Online, The Banyan Review, Roanoke Review, Levure Littéraire, and other journals. Honeyvoiced, his first book, was published by XOXOX Press in 2014, and his chapbook, The Lovers’ Phrasebook, was published by Red Flag Poetry Press in 2017. He is currently working on a project involving the Latin poetry of Ubertino Carrara.

Adela Najarro is the author of four poetry collections: Split Geography, Twice Told Over, My Childrens, and Volcanic Interruptions, a chapbook that includes Janet Trenchard’s artwork. Adela Najarro’s extended family left Nicaragua and arrived in San Francisco during the 1940s; after the fall of the Somoza regime, the last of the family settled in the Los Angeles area. She teaches at Cabrillo College and is the English instructor for the Puente Project, a program designed to support Latinidad in all aspects while preparing community college students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. More information about Adela can be found at her website:
Francisco Aragón is the son of Nicaraguan immigrants. His books include, After Rubén (2020), Glow of Our Sweat (2010), and Puerta de Sol (2005).  He’s also the editor of, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (2007). A native of San Francisco, CA, he is on the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies faculty, where he directs their literary initiative, Letras Latinas. His work has appeared in over twenty anthologies, and he has read his work widely, including at universities, bookstores, art galleries, the Dodge Poetry Festival, and the Split This Rock Poetry Festival. For more information, visit:
Gustavo Barahona-López is a writer and educator from Richmond, California. His chapbook Loss and Other Rivers That Devour was published by Nomadic Press in 2022. Barahona-López’s full-length collection, Foundation, is forthcoming from FlowerSong Press. A member of the Writer’s Grotto and a VONA alum, Barahona-López’s work can be found or is forthcoming in Honey Lit, Acentos Review, among other publications.
Carlo Matos is a bi+ author who has published 13 books, including As Malcriadas, or Names We Inherit (New Meridian). His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies. Carlo has received grants and fellowships from Disquiet ILP (Portugal), CantoMundo, the Illinois Arts Council, the Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the La Romita School of Art (Italy). He is a founding member of the Portuguese-American writers’ collective Kale Soup for the Soul and the Heartland Poetry Prize winner. He currently lives in Chicago and is a professor at the City Colleges of Chicago.