Future (UK): "Poetry is Dead Good," Nottingham, 16 Feb; reading/discussion with Karen McCarthy Woolf at the first Bare Lit Festival, 28 Feb; Hosting Transatlantic Poetry with Cathy Linh Che and Sandeep Parmar, 28 Feb; Jazz Verse Jukebox with Keith Jarrett, Hollie McNish, and Jacob Sam-La Rose, 13 Mar

Present: Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, a polyphonic literary journal of new poems, translations, and images. The next issue of Tongue, Issue Three - Winter 2016, is due out later this year.

+ Video: "You will drown for poems," a film collaboration with dancer/choreographer, Julie Ann Minaai, and Garrett and Garrett commissioned for the 2015 Dance Film Festival UK; "Mine will be a beautiful service" for P.O.P. / the Academy of American Poets; "In the dead of winter we" with visuals by Jonathan Reyes nominated for a 2015 Webby Award
+ "Archipelagic" at the Academy of American Poets (for Poem-A-Day, 22 Dec); "Swarm" at Verse Daily (for 23 Sep)
+ For The National Book Critics Circle's Small Press Spotlight, a conversation with Rigoberto González, and at The Best American Poetry Blog, an extended talk with Sally Wen Mao
+ "Anatomy of a Poem" with Ryan Wong for the Filipino American Museum; "On Feed Sonnets," an interview with Melissa R. Sipin, editor-in-chief of TAYO Literary Magazine; "A GIF Is a Moment's Monument," an interview with Hossannah Asuncion at The Margins
+ Two literary podcasts: with Cherisse Yanit-Nadal for Blue Book Buzz (MP3 audio, 43:37 min); with Raymond Antrobus for IndieFeed (MP3 audio, 19:51 min)
+ Audio from a reading with Anne Carson + Robert Currie and Ishion Hutchinson at Berl's

Past: 2015 Open Book Festival - Cape Town, South Africa; National Poetry Day Live at the Southbank Centre; "After Ferguson," a reading/discussion with Malika Booker and Victoria-Anne Bulley inspired by Kristiana Rae Colón's Octagon at the Arcola Theatre; RAP Party with Amy Acre, Yomi Sode, Rosie Knight, Toni Stuart, Inua Ellams for London Lit Crawl; with Kayo Chingonyi and Leila Segal at Pages of Hackney; Reading with AALR A Lettres Fellows—Cathy Linh Che, Eugenia Leigh, and Ocean Vuong—at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Readings in Manila (Ateneo de Manila University for Kritika Kultura / De La Salle University for "Moving Archipelago") and Negros Oriental, Philippines (Silliman University for The 2nd Literatura Festival); with Jericho Brown and Cathy Park Hong for Brooklyn Poets; workshops for The Poetry School and Apples and Snakes; The Signet Society at Harvard

R.A.Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. He is also the winner of the inaugural Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry.

Reliquaria is available now from University of Nebraska Press, independent bookstores such as McNally Jackson, WORD, and Skylight Books, Powell's Books, IndieBound and Amazon. In Europe and the United Kingdom, Reliquaria can be ordered via Combined Academic Publishers and The American Book Center; in London, Reliquaria can be found at The Saison Poetry Library, Blackwell's at Wellcome Collection, and the London Review Bookshop.

At The Rumpus, Kenji Liu reviews Reliquaria: "In a time when sustained engagement with a text seems to be devalued, this collection is one to read not just for pleasure, but also for intellectual sustenance." And in his review, Ron Slate begins: "at once elegiac and celebratory, [Reliquaria is] dense with acutely perceived life."

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New writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, the American Poetry Review, Prac Crit (UK), The Wolf (UK), Crazyhorse, Five Points, The Common, TAYO, and The Margins.

Poetry and prose have previously appeared in AGNI, Gulf Coast, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, DIAGRAM, Bellevue Literary Review, Smartish Pace, Painted Bride Quarterly, Indiana Review, The Collagist, The Literary Review, Paperbag, Crab Orchard Review, RATTLE, Lantern Review, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010, This Recording, Letters: A Journal of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Kartika Review, La Fovea, and Mead.

A finalist for the Beatrice Hawley and Kinereth Gensler Awards and a semi-finalist for the "Discovery" / Boston Review Prize, additional honors include fellowships from Kundiman and The Asian American Literary Review, and scholarships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. He holds graduate degrees from Rutgers University and New York University.

Born in New Jersey, he lives in Brooklyn and London.