Raquel Salas Rivera

Raquel Salas Rivera (Mayagüez, 1985) is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and literary critic. They are the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and the inaugural recipient of the Ambroggio Prize and the Laureate Fellowship, both from the Academy of American Poets. They have received fellowships and residencies from the Sundance Institute, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the Arizona Poetry Center, and CantoMundo. From 2016-2018, they co-edited the literary journal The Wanderer. In 2017, they co-edited a series of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets, which later became the anthology Puerto Rico en mi corazón. They are also the author of seven chapbooks and four full-length poetry books. Their first two books, Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente) and tierra intermitente/intermittent land (Ediciones Alayubia), were published in Puerto Rico. Their third book, lo terciario/the tertiary, was on the 2018 National Book Award Longlist and won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. Their fourth book, while they sleep (under the bed is another country), was published by Birds, LLC in 2019. They received their Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. Raquel loves and lives for Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, and a world free of white supremacy.


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