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Raquel Salas Rivera


Raquel Salas Rivera is a Puerto Rican poet, translator and editor. His honors include being named the 2018–19 poet laureate of Philadelphia and receiving the New Voices Award from Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra. He is the author of five full-length poetry books. He’s received a Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry and was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award as well as the 2020 Pen America Open Book Award. "antes que isla es volcán / before island is volcano," his sixth book, is an imaginative leap into Puerto Rico’s decolonial future and is forthcoming from Beacon Press in 2022. He writes and teaches in Puerto Rico.

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Books:
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Poems for the Nation
Poetry
University of Arizona Press
July 2021
ISBN 9780816544073
112 pages

Written in the early days of the rise of world-wide fascism and the poet’s gender transition, x/ex/exis: poemas para la nación/poems for the nation accepts the invitation to push poetic and gender imaginaries beyond the bounds set by nation. More/less

Antes Que Isla Es Volcán / Before Island Is Volcano
Poetry
Beacon Press
April 2022
ISBN 9780807014578
128 pages

From the National Book Award-nominated, Lambda Award-winning poet: a powerful, inventive new collection that looks to the future of Puerto Rico with love, rage, beauty, and hope. More/less

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