Rigoberto González is the author of fifteen books of poetry and prose, and is the editor of Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing. His literary awards include a Guggenheim, an NEA, a Lambda Literary Award, The Poetry Center Book Award, the Shelley Memorial Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Before Columbus American Book Award for his memoir, Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa. He is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine and on the Executive Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle. He is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.