Susan Zakin

Susan Zakin was born in New York City, where she attended the Brearley School and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. After moving to San Francisco, she became one of the country’s most respected environmental journalists. Her first book, Coyotes and Town Dogs: Earth First! and the Environmental Movement, is required reading at a number of universities. Zakin’s articles and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including Vogue, Salon, The New York Times, and Orion. Her recent books include Waiting for Charlie: Mercenary Soldiers, Failed States, and the Love That Means More Than Money and Hurricane Season: What Katrina Taught America. She is at work on a novel. Zakin is also the founder of Cowgirls & Pirates, the only US-based travel company working exclusively with safari operators and communities protecting nature in Africa.


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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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