Information About Latino Latinx Authors

Costa Rican-American Authors Making a Name for Themselves

According to the Pew Research Center, Costa Ricans in the U.S. totaled 147000 in 2017. These authors are beginning to take flight and it’s a matter of time before they fill the skies.



Steve Castro is the author of the collection Blue Whale Phenomena (Otis Books, 2019).


Mauricio Espinoza is a poet, essayist, and translator. He is assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American literature at the University of Cincinnati and has translated the work of Costa Rican poet Eunice Odio and several Salvadoran-American poets.


Ruben Quesada is the author of Revelations and Exiled from the Throne of Night: Selected Translations of Luis Cernuda (2008), and Next Extinct Mammal (2011). His writing has appeared in Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, Guernica, TriQuarterly, and other anthologies and journals.


John Manuel Arias is a first-generation Costa Rican / Uruguayan poet, born in Washington DC.


Ari Tison is the author of forthcoming YA novels SAINTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD (2023) and UNTITLED YA (TBD) with FSG/Macmillan. She is the winner of the 2018 Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Award and her poems and short works have been published in Yellow Medicine Review, The Under Review, and Rock & Sling.