Wordsmiths Reading Series features Philadelphia Poet Laureate

Raquel Salas Rivera visits the Newtown campus on Oct. 3, part of Bucks’ inaugural LatinX Heritage Month celebration

Bucks County Community College invites the public to hear Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Rivera, who was born in Puerto Rico, is the author of while they sleep (under the bed is another country), and recipient of the Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets for x/ex/exis (pomas para la nación) (poems for the nation). Rivera has also published four other poetry books, as well as several chapter books. She was recently co-editor of The Wanderer and Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets. Rivera has received fellowships and residencies from the Sundance Institute, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the Arizona Poetry Center and CantoMundo.

Rivera’s appearance is part of the college’s inaugural celebration of LatinX Heritage Month.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, takes place in room 142 of Tyler Hall at the campus at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, where there is ample free parking.

Since the 1960s, Bucks County Community College’s Wordsmiths Reading Series has featured some of the most distinguished poets of our time, from Allen Ginsberg and Nikki Giovanni to Robert Bly and Robert Pinsky, among others. The next free event features poet Chad Frame, reading with the soon-to-be-named 2019 Bucks County Poet Laureate, on Sunday, Nov. 17.

To learn more, contact Dr. Ethel Rackin at 215-497-8719 or ethel.rackin@bucks.edu.