Alan Warhaftig

Alan Warhaftig taught English at LAUSD’s Fairfax High School for 24 years and served as co-coordinator of the Fairfax Magnet Center for Visual Arts for 18 years. He first became interested in the Caribbean when he read Aimé Césaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal as a freshman at Stanford. As a sophomore, he began to study with St. Clair Drake, a pioneering anthropologist and renowned Caribbean scholar. He subsequently collaborated with Trinidadian writer/historian/political philosopher C. L. R. James on a documentary video project and screenplay adaptation of James’s novel, Minty Alley, the first novel by a West Indian to be published in the U.K. (Photo by Cynthia Buiza.)


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Open to any author writing in English about the Chicanx/Latinx experience, the Rivera Book Prize is committed to the discovery and fostering of extraordinary writing by a first-time or early career author whose work examines the long and varied contributions of Chicanx/Latinx in the US. The Rivera Book Prize aims to provide a platform that showcases the emerging literary talent of the Chicanx/Latinx community, to cultivate the next generation of Chicanx/Latinx writers, and to continue the rich literary memory of Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet, activist, and educator.

Entry Fee: $35. Entry fees are non-refundable.

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