USA Rolón Fellow (Forest Hills, NY)
Rigoberto González is a multi-genre writer of poetry, prose, essays, memoirs, poetry criticism and book reviews. He is the author of fifteen books including Butterfly Boy, The Mariposa Club, Men Without Bliss, Unpeopled Eden, Autobiography of My Hungers and Black Blossoms. His work has appeared in approximately 50 anthologies and 200 literary journals. He is currently a Professor of English at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. González is invested in making visible the queer Latino experience through his writing and is interested in the connection between poetry and activism. González is the recipient of the Lenore Marshall Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, Barnes & Noble Writers Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, The Poetry Center Book Award, National Endowment for the Arts Grant, the American Book Award and the Guggenheim Fellowship.