Raquel Salas Rivera

Raquel Salas Rivera is a bilingual Puerto Rican poet who writes in Spanish and English, focusing on the experience of being a migrant to the United States, the colonial status of Puerto Rico, and of being a queer Puerto Rican and Philadelphian of nonbinary gender.

Raquel Salas Rivera
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Date of birth December 26, 1985
Place of birth Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Nationality Puerto Rican
Gender identity nonbinary
Occupation poet

On October 1 2017, Raquel and partner Allison Harris launched the Emergency Relief Fund for LGBTQ Boricuas, a campaign to help LGBTQ hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico.[1]

Raquel has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania and was selected as the fourth Poet Laureate of Philadelphia in 2018.[2] As of 2020, Raquel currently lives in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico.[3]


Further readingEdit

  • "Poet's Sampler: Raquel Salas Rivera". Boston Review. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2020.


  1. Compton, Julie (12 October 2017). "Couple raises thousands for LGBTQ hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico". NBC News. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  2. Timpane, John (8 January 2018). "Meet Philadelphia's new poet laureate, Raquel Salas Rivera: Poet, migrant, bridge-builder". The Inquirer. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  3. "About Raquel Salas Rivera". Academy of American Poets. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
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