Paul F. Cummins

Paul F. Cummins was, until recently, the executive director of the New Visions Foundation in Los Angeles. He has been the primary founder of many innovative charter schools in Los Angeles, including the renowned Crossroads School in Santa Monica, where he was also the longtime headmaster. He has published two collections of poetry, A Postcard from Bali (2002) and Under Cover (2009); a book on understanding poetry, Why Poetry? Reflections on Poetry, Writing, and Culture (2016); two books about education, Proceed with Passion: Engaging Students in Meaningful Education (2004), and Two Americas, Two Educations: Funding Quality Schools for all Students (2007); and a memoir, Confessions of a Headmaster (2015).


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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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