Rigoberto González is the author of three poetry books, So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks, a National Poetry Series selection, Other Fugitives and Other Strangers, winner of San Francisco State University’s The Poetry Center Book Award, and, most recently, Black Blossoms. His prose includes two bilingual children’s picture books, a story collection Men Without Bliss, the novel Crossing Vines, winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Fiction Book of the Year Award, two young adult novels, and the memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He also edited Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and Alurista’s new and selected volume of poetry Xicano Duende: A Select Anthology. The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, and the Shelley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, he is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and on the advisory circle of Con Tinta: a collective of Chicano/ Latino activist writers. His book review column with the El Paso Times of Texas is now entering its tenth and final year. He is associate professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.