The Rust of History

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About the Author

Sotero Rivera Avilés was a poet, critic, novelist, and essayist born in 1933 in Añasco, Puerto Rico. He co-founded the group Mester de poetas and the literary journal hom--nima. He was the author of several books of poetry, including Nostalgia, Abandonos, the unpublished manuscript El Pueblo Obscuro y una puerta al jard'n, a journal titled 1963, Cuaderno de tierra y hombre for which he won the Premio Ventana, and Nada pierdes, caballo viejo (Faena de remedios). He also authored the critical study, La generaci--n del 60: Aproximaciones a tres autores. Rivera Avilés passed away in 1994, leaving behind a wife, five children, and three grandchildren, including Raquel Salas Rivera.
Raquel Salas Rivera (Mayagüez, 1985) is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and editor. His honors include being named Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry, the inaugural Ambroggio Prize, the Laureate Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to translate the poetry of his grandfather, Sotero Rivera Avilés. He is the author of six full-length poetry books, which have been longlisted and shortlisted for the National Book Award, the Pen America Open Book Award, and the CLMP Firecracker Award. He co-edited the anthology, Puerto Rico en mi coraz--n. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania and lives, teaches, and writes in Puerto Rico.