About

Roy G. Guzmán is a Honduran-born writer.

Raised in Miami, Roy is a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. He is also the recipient of a 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Initiative grant and the 2016 Gesell Award for Excellence in Poetry. His work has received three Pushcart prize nominations, five Best of the Net nominations, a 2015 Gesell Award honorable mention in fiction, and has been included in the Best New Poets 2017 anthology, guest-edited by Natalie Diaz.

Roy holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, Dartmouth College, the University of Chicago, and the Honors College at Miami Dade College. In 2015, he was awarded a GRPP Graduate Research Fellowship to investigate trauma caused by violence in and migration from Honduras. In 2016, Roy was the recipient of a Scribe for Human Rights Fellowship, focusing on issues affecting migrant farm workers in Minnesota. That same year, he was chosen to participate in the fourth Letras Latinas Writers Initiative gathering, sponsored by Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies, in partnership with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the MFA Program at Arizona State University.

Roy has also participated in the first Poetry Incubator, sponsored by Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary, and was invited to run a workshop during the Incubator's second year. After the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, his poem “Restored Mural for Orlando” was turned into a chapbook with the help of poet and visual artist, D. Allen, to raise funds for the victims.

Roy currently lives in Minneapolis, where he is pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies (Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society) at the University of Minnesota.