Keija Parssinen

Keija Parssinen is the author of The Ruins of Us, which earned a Michener-Copernicus award and was named Best Book of the Mid-East Region in Turkey's Today's Zaman; and The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, which won an Alex Award from the American Library Association, was selected as Book of the Month by Emily St. John Mandel, and was named a Best Book of 2015 by the Kansas City Star, among other outlets. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Slate, Salon, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Slice, World Literature Today, the Lonely Planet travel writing anthologies, and elsewhere, and has been supported by fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Ragdale, and others. A graduate of Princeton and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote fellow, she is an assistant professor of English at Kenyon College.


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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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