Keenan Norris

Keenan Norris’s novel Brother and the Dancer is the winner of the 2012 James D. Houston award. He holds an MFA from Mills College and a PhD from the University of California, Riverside. Keenan serves as a guest editor for the Oxford African American Studies Center and he teaches at Evergreen Valley College. He is also a lecturer at CSU East Bay. Keenan’s short work, both fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in numerous forums, including, Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity After Civil Rights, Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California’s Inland Empire, BOOM: A Journal of California, New California Writing 2013, and Connotation Press. He is also the editor of the groundbreaking Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape. Forthcoming work will be published in Akashic’s Oakland Noir.


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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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