Christopher Gaffney

Christopher Gaffney is an academic geographer who has studied the impacts of the World Cup and Olympics for more than a decade. He has lived in Rio de Janeiro since 2009 while teaching in the Graduate School of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidade Federal Fluminense. His blog, Hunting White Elephants (, chronicles the urban, social, and political dynamics of Rio de Janeiro. Gaffney's first book, Temples of the Earthbound Gods (University of Texas Press), explored the history and culture of soccer stadiums in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Beginning in 2015, Gaffney will be a Senior Researcher affiliated with the Department of Geography at the University of Zürich.


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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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