Carmen R. Valdez

Carmen R. Valdez is Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health, Dell Medical School, and in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin. Her research and writing capture structural and social influences on the mental health and wellbeing of Latinx immigrant families in the United States. She is a Public Voices Fellow with the Op-ed Project.


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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.

Apply HERE