Photo by Emily Baxter

C. Fausto Cabrera

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

2024 Fellow


C. Fausto Cabrera (he/him) is a writer of poetry and prose incarcerated from 2003–2024. Born in Rockford, Illinois, and raised in Minnesota, Cabrera’s writing explores depression, the diaspora of “mutts,” restorative justice, the desire to be seen in the context of the attention economy, and the right to be an artist, among other threads.

His work has appeared in Colorado Review, Antioch Review, Puerto del Sol, Comstock Review, American Literary Review, Idaho Review, Missouri Review, Water~Stone Review, California Quarterly, descant, Woodward Review, Leavings, Washington Post Magazine, and several anthologies. The Parameters of Our Cage (Mack Books, 2020) is his epistle collaboration with photographer Alec Soth. His essays appear in the Modern Language Association’s Teaching Literature and Writing in Prisons and in From the Inside Out: Letters to Young Men and Other Writings.

He is a coeditor of American Precariat: Parables of Exclusion (Coffee House Press, 2023). He cofounded the Stillwater Writers Collective, partnered with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW), and has a profile through’s Seen Project. C. Fausto also tattoos and is a visual artist in multiple media.