Rachelle Cruz

Genre Fiction Faculty


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, Comparative Literature, 2017
M.F.A., University of California, Riverside, Creative Writing and the Performing Arts, 2012.
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, Liberal Arts, 2007.


Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California. She is the author of God’s Will for Monsters (Inlandia, 2017), which won an American Book Award in 2018 and the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize. She was appointed the 2018-2020 Inlandia Literary Laureate during which founded a summer writing program for young people, Poetry is Power, among other community projects. She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology of Philippine Myths (Carayan Press, 2015) with Lis P. Sipin-Gabon. Her most recent book, Experiencing Comics: An Introduction to Reading, Discussing and Creating Comics, was published in Fall 2018. Her work has appeared in As/Us, Yellow Medicine Review, The Lit Pub,The Collagist, Bone Bouquet, PANK, Muzzle Magazine, Inlandia: A Literary Journey, among others. She hosts The Blood-Jet Writing Hour with Muriel Leung. She is a Lecturer in the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside. An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives and writes in Southern California.