Marguerite Maria Rivas

Author's Bio

Marguerite María Rivas’s essays, articles, book reviews, and poetry have been published in journals and periodicals, and she has garnered numerous grants and awards, including the Marg Chandler Memorial Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation. Cited by the New York State Legislature for her contribution to the literary arts, she is widely regarded as the de facto Poet Laureate of Staten Island. Rivas has recorded with and perfomed with Earth People, a jazz-fusion group and is a member of the performance collective Elektromotif. Tell No One: Poems of Witness (Chimbarazu Press 2012) is her first full-length collection. She is an Associate Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College of The City University of New York.

Publications and Prizes

Poetry Cannot Save You
(Quarantine Press, 2003)
Pet Shout Outs & Poems
(Ten Penny Players, 2008)
, Witness
(Longman/Pearson, 2014)
7 x 20 Journal, Americas Review, Earth's Daughters, Eunoia, Four and Twenty, Frisson, Medicinal Purposes, Palo Alto Review, Parting Gifts, Plainsongs, Poetz, Short, Fast, and Deadly, The Acentos Review, The Mas Tequila Review, Mom Egg Review, Waterways
Prizes Won: 
Finalist Rita Dove Poetry Award 2015 International Literary Awards Salem College A Room of Her Own Foundation Marg Chandler Memorial Award Two Year-College English Association. Nationwide Winner April is Poetry Month 2010 for poem, “Witness.” Excellence in Literary Arts Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island with funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

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Feminist, Latino/Latina
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Staten Island
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Staten Island, NY
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Last updated: Jul 22, 2015