Rick Kearns


3022 North 5th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Author's Bio

He has also had work published in Palabritas (Harvard Latinx Student Lit Review), Drum Voices Revue, The Patterson Review, Big Hammer and many other journals. Some of his work deals with his Puerto Rican heritage, including some work exploring his Taino ancestry. He also has a youtube channel for mini-readings under his name Rick Kearns. Rick has also been a journalist for 25 years, publishing over 400 articles about indigenous Latin America in "Indian Country Today Media Network".

Publications & Prizes

Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice (Michigan State University Press, 2019)
I Was Indian (before being Indian was cool) (Foothills Publishing, 2009)
El Coro/A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry (University of Massachusetts Press, 1997)
Rufino's Secret (Foothills Publishing, 2011)
Prizes won: 

Named Poet Laureate of the City of Harrisburg, Pa in 2014.

Honorable Mention in the Split This Rock Poetry Contest 2017 for "Everyday We Remember Oscar Lopez Rivera".

Finalist in the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize of Cutthroat Arts Journal, 2022, for the poem, "the dead go swimming".

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Puerto Rican
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Harrisburg, PA
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Last update: Feb 19, 2022