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Session 4 Inquiry: Tomās Rivera and Esmeralda Santiago - Authors and Literary Works
Author: Tomás Rivera
Work: ...y no se lo tragó la tierra (...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him)

Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Work: When I Was Puerto Rican

 

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Tomás Rivera

With permission from Concepcion G. Rivera
Tomás Rivera, a writer, educator, and university administrator, was born in Texas in 1935 to a Mexican American family of migrant workers. As a boy, Rivera and his family followed the stream of migrant workers from Texas to the Midwest and back. Most of his writings tell of the difficult lives of these workers, but they also celebrate the strength and resilience of this community.

Rivera was an avid reader and writer all his life, though his formal education was uneven until high school. Surmounting years of obstacles, he received a bachelor's degree in education, then went on to earn a master's in education and a Ph.D. in Spanish literature. During this time, he published extensively and wrote his classic novel. ...y no se lo tragó la tierra (...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him), for which he received the Quinto Sol Award in 1971. He is also the author of numerous short stories and poetry. Rivera served in a number of administrative posts at the university level, becoming chancellor of the University of California, Riverside in 1979. He died in 1984 after a life of public service. Rivera was instrumental in the formation of the Tomás Rivera Institute for Public Policy on Chicanos in Higher Education, at Pomona College. Posthumously, the board of regents of the University of Texas established the Tomás Rivera Professorship in Spanish Language and Literature, and the University of California, Riverside named a plaza in his honor.

Evangelina Vigil-Piñón is a writer, poet, and translator. She has written numerous books and, most notably for this workshop, she translated the late Tomás Rivera's classic novel, ...y no se lo tragó la tierra (...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him). Since 1982, she has taught courses in U.S. Hispanic literature at the University of Houston as adjunct lecturer in the English Department. She is also an experienced television journalist, currently working with ABC-KTRK TV in Houston. There, she serves as public affairs director; producer of Asian and Latino affairs programs; and host of a signature feature, "Latin Beat," spotlighting Latino entertainment and cultural diversity.


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