Ernesto has taught at prestigious MFA writing programs over the last two decades–including Brown, Sarah Lawrence, and Brooklyn College–and his work has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
His novels, The Lazarus Rumba and The Second Death of Única Aveyano, have received critical acclaim from the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, The Baltimore Sun, and Kirkus. A third novel, Sacrificio, is forthcoming in 2021.
He has translated six Latin American novels from the Spanish. He has also edited many novels that went on to be published at various major New York publishing houses, including Picador, Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, and Knopf.