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Rigoberto González

Rigoberto González is the author of five books of poetry, most recently "The Book of Ruin." His twelve books of prose include two bilingual children's books, three young adult novels, and the memoir "What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth," which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, a NYFA grant in poetry, the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Lambda Literary Award for Poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, The Poetry Center Book Award, and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award, he is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine and writes a monthly column for NBC-Latino online. Currently, he is professor of English and director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey. Additionally, he serves as critic-at-large with the L.A. Times, is a member of the Writers Council for the Center for Fiction, and sits on the boards of three national literary organizations: Zoeglossia: A Community for Writers with Disabilities, the Poetry Society of America (PSA), and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).