Raquel Salas Rivera

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
VCAM VCAM 001 Screening Room
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Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities

Raquel Salas Rivera

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
4:30 p.m.
VCAM Screening Room
Haverford College

RAQUEL SALAS RIVERA is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and a CantoMundo Fellow. 

Their work has appeared in journals such as the Revista del Instituto de Cultura PuertorriqueñaApogee, McSweeney’s, Boston Review, Brooklyn Rail, and has been featured on the Academy of American Poets website. 

They are the author of Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente), oropel/tinsel (Lark Books), tierra intermitente (Ediciones Alayubia), and lo terciario/the tertiary(Timeless, Infinite Light), a longlist selection for the 2018 National Book Award. Salas Rivera’s collection x/ex/exis (poemas para la nación) (poems for the nation) was selected by Alberto Ríos as the winner of the 2018 Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets and is forthcoming in Fall of 2019 from Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe.  

As part of their Laureateship, Salas Rivera curated the We (Too) Are Philly Festival with the Free Library of Philadelphia. They also serve as a Mentor for Transcribez youth program through the University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House. 

Currently, they serve as an organizer, editor, and translator for Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets.

Sponsored by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Distinguished Visitors Program, the Spanish Department, the Bi-Co Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, and the Comparative Literature Department.

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