Hester Blum

Hester Blum is Associate Professor of English at Penn State University and the author of The View from the Masthead: Maritime Imagination and Antebellum American Sea Narratives (UNC Press, 2008). With the support of a 2014-2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship she is writing a book called The Ends of the Earth: Oceanic Studies and the Print Culture of Arctic and Antarctic Exploration. She is a regular contributor to Avidly.org. You can follow her on Twitter.


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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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