Isa de Quesada has been writing poems since she was 11 years old. She won the Mt. San Antonio College poetry contest in 1978 for her poem, “Stiv Bator, the Dead Boy.” She majored in Creative Writing and graduated from the University of California, Irvine where she studied with poet, Charles Wright. In the mid 80’s through the 90’s, she studied with Jack Grapes in Los Angeles. She has done poetry readings with Michael C. Ford, Allison Benis White, JoAnn Mapson, and other Southern California poets. Isa worked as an associate editor of Onthebus Literary Magazine. She has been published in Pearl, Nexus, The Ear, Sculptured Gardens, and other literary journals.
Isa has been an English teacher in the Santa Ana Unified School District since 1984. She wrote and taught Creative Writing curriculum for the SAUSD Independent Studies Program. She also has taught Creative Writing workshops for Mt. San Antonio College and Los Angeles City College. She is a South Basin Writing Consultant graduate. She has worked for the UC Irvine Young Writers Summer Program. She has taught at Chapman University. Isa has also been a guest poet at Orange Coast College.