Future: Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Ithaca, NY, 13-27 Sept; "More Wreck," a 5-week workshop for Brooklyn Poets, 5 Oct-9 Nov

Present: Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art is a literary project dedicated to challenging borders and expanding notions of form and translation. Relaunched in early 2017, Tongue publishes poetry, essays, and visual art by way of regular Dispatches from Singapore, London, Bangkok, and elsewhere.

+ Interviews: for Divedapper, an interview with Kaveh Akbar; 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" with Melissa R. Sipin, editor-in-chief of TAYO Literary Magazine; "A GIF Is a Moment's Monument" at The Margins

+ Audio: for Prac Crit, a launch hosted by Sarah Howe featuring Vahni Capildeo, Maureen McLane, and Mark Waldron at the London Review Bookshop; two readings at Berl's—with Aracelis Girmay, Emilia Phillips, and Hossannah Asuncion and with Anne Carson + Robert Currie and Ishion Hutchinson
+ "When Doves" and "Archipelagic" at the Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day; "Swarm" at Verse Daily

+ Video: For Vintage Poetry, a reading / discussion with Ocean Vuong and Kayo Chingonyi, London; "You will drown for poems," a film collaboration 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; with AALR A Lettres Fellows—Cathy Linh Che, Eugenia Leigh, and Ocean Vuong—at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Past: StAnza International Poetry Festival, St. Andrews, Scotland; The 2016 Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark; for the Arvon Foundation, leading a residential course with Malika Booker at The Hurst; Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair with Choman Hardi, WN Herbert, and Sophie Mayer; with Karen McCarthy Woolf at the 2016 Bare Lit Festival; 2015 Open Book Festival - Cape Town, South Africa; National Poetry Day Live at the Southbank Centre; 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 the Brooklyn Book Festival; 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 Greenlight, McNally Jackson, 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 Poetry Library at Southbank Centre, Libreria, 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." Fiona Moore adds: "I've kept [Reliquaria] around for several months now, enjoying rereads of various poems for their richness of language, form and metaphysical thought." 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 appears or is forthcoming in Poetry, Guernica, the American Poetry Review, Prac Crit, The Wolf, Crazyhorse, Five Points, The Common, The Margins, Visual Verse, Poems In Which, and Wildness.

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

A recipient of honors and fellowships from the Forward Prizes, Kundiman, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and The Asian American Literary Review, his work has also been anthologized in Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance, and the forthcoming Brooklyn Poets Anthology. He holds graduate degrees from Rutgers University and New York University.

Born in New Jersey, he lives in Brooklyn.