Rigoberto González

Rigoberto González
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Rigoberto González is the author of four collections of poetry: So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks (University of Illinois Press, 1999); a National Poetry Series selection, Other Fugitives and Other Strangers (Tupelo Press, 2006), winner of San Francisco State University’s The Poetry Center Book Award; Black Blossoms (Four Way Books, 2011); and most recently Unpeopled Eden (Four Way Books, 2013). His prose includes two bilingual children’s picture books; the story collection Men Without Bliss (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008); the novel Crossing Vines (University of Oklahoma Press, 2003) 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 (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006), 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 (Bilingual Review Press, 2011). 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. He is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey, and the inaugural Stan Rubin Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the Rainier Writing Workshop.

First posted: February 16, 2005

Last modified: April 27, 2018