Deborah E. Kennedy

Deborah E. Kennedy grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the youngest of three children. She has worked as a reporter, editor, baseball coach, ice cream scooper, cookie packer, and English teacher. Her short stories have appeared in Third Coast magazine, Sou’wester, and North American Review, and she’s contributed pieces to SalonThe EstablishmentThe HairpinThe Oregonian, and Willamette Week, among others. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she now lives in Portland, Oregon. Her debut novel, Tornado Weather, came out with Flatiron Books in July.


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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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