Professor Rigoberto González Takes Home Top Honors at the 2014 Lambda Literary Awards

Lawrence Lerner

Rutgers University–Newark’s own Rigoberto González, associate professor of English, has won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry.

At the Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony in New York City last night, González took home top honors for his collection of poems Unpeopled Eden (Four Way Books), distinguishing himself from a strong field of 10 finalists that included Frank Bidart, Rafael Campo and Carl Phillips.

González, a New York City resident, is the author of 15 books of poetry and prose, and the editor of Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing (U. of Arizona Press, 2010). He is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, winner of the American Book Award, The Poetry Center Book Award, The Shelley Memorial Award of The Poetry Society of America, and a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is contributing editor for Poets & Writers magazine, and serves on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. For 10 years González wrote a monthly book review column for the El Paso Times of Texas, the only column in the nation’s newspapers dedicated exclusively to Latino literature.

González has been a member of the faculty at Rutgers University–Newark since 2008, teaching in the acclaimed MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Click on these links to see a full list of finalists and winners for the 2014 Lambda Literary Awards.