2018-2019 Philadelphia Poet Laureate

A updated list of projects, prizes, publications, and work completed during 2-year term as Poet Laureate of Philadelphia

Poet Laureate Projects

Honors & Awards

  • 2019 Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets.
  • 2019 Honorary Poet Host for the Academy of American Poets Poetry & the Creative Mind.
  • 2019 Playwright Fellow at the Sundance Institute Playwrights and Composer Retreat at Ucross.
  • 2018-2019 Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Jazz Residency.
  • 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry for lo terciario/ the tertiary.
  • 2018 National Book Award Longlist: Poetry for lo terciario/ the tertiary.
  • 2018 Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets.
  • 2018 CantoMundo Fellow.

Full-length Books

  • x/ex/exis, Bilingual Press/ Editorial Bilingüe, forthcoming 2019.
  • while they sleep (under the bed is another country), Birds, LLC, 2019.
  • lo terciario/ the tertiary. Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018. 2nded. Noemi Press, 2019.

Chapbooks

  • elegía/elegy. Anomalous Press, 2019.
  • desdomínios. Selection in Spanish, trans. Mariano Alejandro Ribeiro, Douda Correria, 2018.
  • poemas necesarios y otras malas mañas/ necessary poems and other bad habitsBlack Warrior Review, 2018.

Anthologized Poems

  • “si el mar se rompiera/ if the sea should break,” Joy and Hope and all that stuff!: Lucille Clifton Anthology, Unterberg Poetry Center–92Y, New York, 2019.
  • “sinvergüenza sin nación/ sinvergüenza with no nation,” and “fragmentos de while they sleep (under the bed is another country)/fragments of while they sleep (under the bed is another country),” Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm, co-edited by Yarimar Bonilla and Marisol Lebron, Haymarket Books, 2019.
  • “puerto rico is open for business,” Queen Mob’s Teahouse Anthology, Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019.
  • “el animal celeste e imaginario/ the celestial and imaginary animal,”Cosmonauts Avenue Anthology, 2019.
  • “las memorias de la hija buena/ memories of the good daughter,” “cuando amarras soga y cinta/ when you tie rope and ribbon,” and “cada traducción es una transformación/ each translation is a transformation,” Supplement v. 2, 2018.

Poems in Literary Journals

  • “la independencia (de puerto rico),” Make Literary Productions, 2019.
  • “el sueño americano/ the american dream,” “calibán a sus amigos/ caliban to his friends,” “calibán a prospero/ caliban to prospero,” and “calibán a sí mismo/ caliban to himself,” Kenyon Review, 2019.
  • “penepé/ penepé,” West Branch, 2019.
  • Selections from “‘quedará siempre un sustrato material,’” translated into German by Christiane Quandt for Alba Magazin, 2019.
  • “julia keleher confiesa que cree en el fin de la historia/ julia keleher confesses she believes in the end of history,” NACLA, 2019.
  • “preguntas frecuentes/ frequently asked questions,” Small Axe Salon, 2019.
  • “apocalipsis/ apocalypse,” part of “Poetry & Democracy” Poetry Society of America website, 2019.
  • “la matemática, la que me es dulce/ math, the one which is sweet,” “boy grief,” “bendición,” Sink Review, 2018.
  • Selections from while they sleep (under bed is another country)The Offing, 2018.
  • “desahucio/ eviction,” The Quarry, 2018.
  • Selections from while they sleep (under bed is another country)PEN Poetry Series, 2018.
  • “nota para una amiga que quiere suicidarse después del huracán/ note for a friend who wants to commit suicide after the hurricane,” Slice Magazine, 2018.
  • “notas sobre las temporadas/ notes on the seasons,” Academy of American Poets, 2018.
  • “‘el obrero se limita a producir el valor de su fuerza de trabajo’/ ‘the worker is limited to producing the value of his labor power,’” Brooklyn Rail, 2018.
  • Selection from while they sleep (under bed is another country)The Poetry Project Newsletter, 2018.
  • “carpeta #1985,” “moriviví,” and “‘artículos cuyo valor es mayor que los elementos que lo producen,’” 80 grados, 2018.
  • “a veces américa/ sometimes america” and “espantapájaros/ scarecrow” the tiny, 2018.
  • “paisaje del viejo san juan/ landscape of old san juan,” The Rumpus, 2018. “el animal celeste e imaginario/ the celestial and imaginary animal,” Cosmonauts Avenue, 2018. 
  • “buchipluma (2),” MAIS PORNÔ PVFR! Translated into Portuguese by Chris Daniels and Adelaide Ivánova, 2018. 
  • “gigantes podridos/ rotten giants,” No Tokens Journal, 2018.

Critical & Creative Prose

  • while they sleep (under the bed is another country playlist, Largehearted Boy, 2019.
  • “How It Feels to Be Free: Raquel Salas Rivera and Carina del Valle Schorske in Conversation,” The New Inquiry, 2019.
  • “It Pours Down,” essay, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, 2018.

Workshops

  • Creative Writing Workshop at Rutgers, Camden, 2019.
  • Master Class: “Caribbean Poetry in Translation,” Wendy’s Subway, 2019.
  • Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, 2019.
  • “Decoloniality as Metaphor and Praxis,” Apogee Journal Workshop, 2019.
  • Dave Allen Quartet at the Kimmel Center: Workshop, 2019.
  • Bilingual Writing Workshop, Mural Arts Philadelphia, 2019.
  • Bilingual Writing Workshop, Providence Community Center, 2019.
  • “Caribe Caribe Queer: Narrativas y sexualidades en el Caribe Hispano,” Haverford College, 2018.
  • Creative Writing Workshop, Peddie School, 2018.
  • Master Class: “The Tender Fierceness of Decolonial Poetics,” The Poetry Project, 2018.
  • Creative Writing Workshop at Festival de la Palabra: Club Literario Escuela Pedro Falu Orellano, 2018.
  • Creative Writing Workshop at Latinx Poetix Symposium at California State Monterey Bay, 2018.
  • Workshop on Activism and Performance at The Barbershop, Bearded Ladies, 2018.

Curation of Poetry Events & Service Work

  • National Poetry Series, Judge, 2019.
  • FringeArts Scratch Night, Host and Curator, 2019.
  • Sonora Review Poetry Contest, Judge, 2019.
  • Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate Committee, Member, 2018-Present. 
  • “Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon,” Philadelphia Museum of Art, Facilitator, 2019.
  • #MyGivingStory 2018 Contest, #Giving Tuesday, 92Y, Judge, 2018.
  • FEIPOL Youth Poetry Contest, Young Poets Award, President of Judging Committee, 2018.

Lectures & Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Speaker and Poet at the University of Pittsburgh, 2019.
  • Guest Speaker and Translator at Center for the Art of Translation, 2019. 
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 2019.
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at the University of Illinois, Chicago, 2019.
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at NYU, 2019.
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at Rutgers, Camden, 2019.
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at Rutgers, New Brunswick, 2019.
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at Bucks Community College, 2019.
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2019.
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at Salem College, 2019.
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at Russell Sage College, 2019.
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019.
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at Swarthmore College, 2019.
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at Stockton University, 2019.
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at Haverford College, 2018.
  • Keynote Speaker at Florida State University, 2018.
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at Friends Select School, 2018. 
  • Guest Speaker and Poet at Peddie School, 2018.
  • Keynote Speaker Alliance of Artists Communities Conference, 2018.
  • Keynote Speaker for BUSCA Program Anniversary at La Salle University, 2018.    
  • Poet of Honor at Festival Internacional de Poesía Latinoamericana (FEIPOL), 2018.
  • Keynote Speaker at the Festival de la Palabra, 2018.
  • Keynote Speaker at the University of Kansas, 2018.
  • Guest Speaker at Millersville University, 2018.
  • Guest Speaker for Poetics Plus for SUNY Buffalo Poetics, 2018.
  • Guest Speaker at Clark College, 2018.
  • Guest Speaker for the Latinx Poetix Symposium at California State Monterey Bay, 2018.
  • Guest Writer and Speaker for the Unterberg Poetry Center Education Outreach Program, 92Y, 2018.
  • Guest Speaker and Poet for Soy Social at GALAEI, 2018.

Performance Art & Artistic Collaborations

  • La Casa Latina’s 20thAnniversary, a collaboration with visual artist Betsy Z. Casañas, University of Pennsylvania, 2019.
  • “Poetry to the People: A Book Truck Tour,” House of Speakeasy, 2019.
  • “Poetry is Busy: Genderlicious,” Middlebury College, 2019.
  • Kimmel Center Jazz Residency, 2019.
  • Stellar Masses festival for Philadelphia Contemporary, 2018.
  • “Conclusions and Findings,” A Translation Project with Catalina Ouyang, 2018.

Selected Recent Readings

  • Featured Poet at Paperback Poetry Festival, FDR Park, 2019.
  • “Pride, Poetry, and Power Event,” Mellon Foundation, 2019.
  • “Pride in Verse: Spotlighting International LGBTQ Poets, The Center for Fiction, 2019.
  • “Latinx and Loud,” AWP 2019.
  • “Verses. x Asylum Advocacy Project,” VERSES, 2019.
  • “Sunday Kind of Love,” Split This Rock, 2018.
  • “Poets for Puerto Rico: Newark,” 2018.
  • “CantoMundo Poetry Reading,” Dodge Poetry Festival, 2018.
  • “Border Crossings,” Bard Graduate Center, 2018.
  • “National Book Award Nominees and Finalists Reading,” Miami Book Fair, 2018.
  • “Las voces del mundo,” Festival de la Palabra, San Juan, PR, 2018.
  • “Poetry & Politics,” Brooklyn Book Festival, 2018. 
  • “Latinx in Publishing Presents: A Night of Spoken Word Poetry,” 2018.
  • “2018: Showcase Reading Series” Poets House, 2018.
  • “Translation/Migration Mixtape,” Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 2018.

Selected Interviews

  • “Poeta Raquel Salas Rivera, boricua y latinx, triunfa en EEUU,” interviewed by Sigal Ratner-Arias for Associated Press, 2019.
  • “Poetic Justice,” interviewed by David Murrell for Philadelphia Magazine, 2019.
  • “Voices of Bettering American Poetry Volume 3—Raquel Salas Rivera,” interviewed by Sarah Clark for Bettering American Poetry Volume 3, 2018.
  • “Raquel Salas: Finalista del National Book Award,” interviewed by Rebecca Carrero Figueroa for Prensa RUM, 2018.
  • “Q&A: Inaugural Ambroggio Prize Winner Raquel Salas Rivera and Chancellor Alberto Ríos,” Academy of American Poets, 2018.
  • “Author Q&A: Understanding Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis Through Marx, Monsters and a Queer Decolonial Lens,”Colorlines, 2018.
  • “The Anti-Lineage of Raquel Salas Rivera,” interviewed by Candace Williams for Shondaland, 2018.
  • “Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera,” interviewed by Marty Moss-Coane for WHYY Radio Times, 2018.
  • “Philly poet laureate writes verse on Puerto Rican debt,” interviewed by Peter Crimmins for WHYY, 2018.
  • “A Conversation with Queer Boricua Writer Raquel Salas Rivera, Philadelphia’s Newest Poet Laureate,” NPR’s Latino USA, 2018.
  • “Philly Loves Poetry: Raquel Salas Rivera,” interviewed by Charles Carr for Philly Loves Poetry, 2018.
  • “Para saborear la literatura emergente: Raquel Salas Rivera,” interviewed by Egidio Colón Archilla, El Adoquín Times, 2018.
  • “Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera Wants You to Write & Read Poetry That Breaks You Apart,” interviewed by Melissa Ragsdale for Bustle, 2018.
  • “Interview with Poet Laureate of Philadelphia Raquel Salas Rivera,” interviewed by Rodney Gomez for Latino Book Review, 2018.
  • “’Alive in your hands:’ All the feels on the latest work from Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera,” interviewed by Sarah Rose Etter for Philadelphia Weekly, 2018.
  • “Philly’s New Poet Laureate: Queer, Latinx, and Fiercely Boricua,” interviewed by Mónica Marie Zorrilla for Al Día, 2018.
  • “Interview with Raquel Salas Rivera for Atrévete,” PhillyCam News, 2018.
  • “Philadelphia’s new Poet Laureate, Raquel Salas Rivera, talks poetry, activism, and Puerto Rico,” interviewed by Conrad Benner for Streets Dept, 2018.
  • “Interview: Raquel Salas Rivera, the 2018-2019 Poet Laureate,” interviewed by Yali Perez for CityWide Stories, 2018.
  • “Queer writer named 2018 Philadelphia Poet Laureate,” interviewed by Brittany M. Wehner, Philly Gay News, 2018.
  • “New Ways of Seeing Known Things: A Conversation with Raquel Salas Rivera,” interviewed by Alexa Smith and Steve Burns for Apiary Magazine, 2018.
  • “Meet Philadelphia’s new poet laureate, Raquel Salas Rivera: Poet, migrant, bridge-builder,” interviewed by John Timpane for the Philadelphia Inquirer, 2018.
  • “Philadelphia names new poet laureate,” interviewed by Peter Crimmins for NPR, 2018.

Community Justice Work

  • Festival de la Palabra: Book Drive, Co-organizer, 2018. 
  • University of Pennsylvania, Kelly Writer’s House, Mentor for Transcribez youth, 2017-2018.
  • Puerto Rico en mi corazón: Anomalous Press Fundraiser for Puerto Rico, Organizer, editor and translator, 2017-2018.

Panels & Roundtable Discussions

  • “‘We must become undisciplined’: Creatively working in, around, and beyond the academy,” Roundtable for UPENN Queer Urgencies Conference Roundtable, 2019.
  • “Property of the Imagination: Caribbean Literature in Translation,” panel sponsored by ALTA as part of AWP 2019.
  • “Exilios y regresos: El vaivén constante,” Festival de la Palabra, San Juan, PR, 2018.
  • “Poetry & Politics,” Brooklyn Book Festival with poets Eve L. Ewing, Terrance Hayes, and Lynn Melnick, 2018. 
  • “Trans, inter y otras rutas urgentes para el devenir cuir,” VII Coloquio ¿Del otro lao?, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, 2018.
  • “Burning Cane Fields,” More than a Manifesto: The Poet’s Essay, Columbia University, 2018.