Raquel Salas Rivera


Photo: Ariadna Rojas

Raquel Salas Rivera is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and editor. His honors include being named the 2018–19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and receiving the New Voices Award from Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra. He is the author of five previous full-length poetry books. His third book, lo terciario / the tertiary, won the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry and was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award. Two poems appeared in the San Juan city issue of WLT (Autumn 2020). He currently writes and teaches in Puerto Rico.

  • An abstract painting of a circular figure on an aqueous field
    March 14, 2022 | Raquel Salas Rivera
    Benjamin Murphy, 100 Years of Progress (2021), oil on canvas, 72 x 48 in. / By permission of the artist but the day arrived when exhaustion broke my face and i was more than bad, i...
  • An oil painting of a reclining female figure in a yellow dress under a night sky
    Raquel Salas Rivera
    Damaris Cruz, Fuego Camina Conmigo, @damalola / Courtesy of the artist (note for a friend who wants to commit suicide after the hurricane) no one teaches us to accept death because de...

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