Raquel Salas Rivera
Author, English, Spanish
Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. They are the author of while they sleep (under the bed is another country), published by Birds, LLC in 2019, and the inaugural recipient of the Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets for their book x/ex/exis. They are also the author of six chapbooks and five full-length poetry books, including lo terciario/the tertiary, longlisted for the 2018 National book Award and winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. From 2016-2018, they edited The Wanderer and Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets. They have received fellowships and residencies from Sundance Institute, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the Arizona Poetry Center, and CantoMundo.