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Rigoberto González describes himself as a man of many identities: Chicano, gay, immigrant, artist. He brings them all to his role of associate professor in the Rutgers Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Rutgers-Newark. His 12 books show the breadth of his creative talents: two bi-lingual children's books, three collections of poetry, a novel, two young adult books, a memoir, a book of short stories, a 300-page anthology of Latino literature which he edited, Camino del Sol: 15 Years of Latino and Latina Writing (University of Arizona Press, 2010) and his latest, Retablos: Self-Portraits, Studies, Speeches (University of Arizona Press, 2012 ). Publishers Weekly describes Retablos: Self-Portraits, Studies, Speeches as a "sharp collection of 13 pieces—personal essays, literary criticism, and speeches—this book pleasantly mixes lyricism with clear-eyed frankness."
González also writes a monthly book column for the El Paso Times, and is a contributing editor to Poets and Writers Magazine. He also ontributes to the blogs of the National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors, the Poetry Foundation, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
His writings have won critical acclaim as well as awards. Most recently, he was awarded the 2015 Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. In October 2014 he was named a USA Rolon Fellow. Poets & Writers, Inc., named him as one of three recipients of the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards. Other honors include Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships; the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America; The Poetry Center Book Award and the Before Columbus American Book Award for his memoir, Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa.
González serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle, on the Board of Directors of Fishouse Poems: A Poetry Archive, and on the Advisory Circle of Con Tinta, a collective of Chicano/ Latino activist writers. In 2009 My Latino Voice named Gonzalez one of the "25 Most Influential GLBT Latinos."