Aliki Barnstone

Aliki Barnstone is poet laureate of Missouri. She was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. Her first book of poems, The Real Tin Flower (1968), introduced by Anne Sexton, was published when she was 12 years old. Barnstone earned her BA and MA at Brown University and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of eight books of poetry, including Dwelling (2016), Bright Body (2011), Dear God, Dear Dr. Heartbreak: New and Selected Poems (2009), and Madly in Love (1997), and the critical work Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson’s Poetic Development (2006). She is also the translator of The Collected Poems of C. P. Cavafy: A New Translation (2006).


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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.

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