Jessica Hendry Nelson

Jessica Hendry Nelson is the author of If Only You People Could Follow Directions (Counterpoint Press, February 2014), which was selected as a best debut book by the Indies Introduce New Voices program, the Indie Next List by the American Booksellers Association, and named a Best Book of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews. Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Burlington College and the low-residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. She serves as the managing editor and nonfiction editor of Green Mountains Review.


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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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