Dr. Eliana Rivero has generously made a donation to support the visit of one graduate student each year to FIU's Cuban Research Institute, to pursue research on Cuba-related studies for a period of one week. In the form of scholarships, funds will cover travel, room and board, and other miscellaneous expenses related to this research visit. More details about the application procedure will be announced later.
Eliana Suárez Rivero was born in Cuba, and immigrated permanently to the U.S. in 1961. She received her Ph.D. with distinction and M.A. in Hispanic Language and Literatures and a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Miami. She has done scholarly work and teaching in the area of Latin American literatures, especially poetry and women's writings, for almost five decades.
Dr. Rivero is Professor Emerita in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she taught Latin American and U.S. Latino/Latina literatures and cultures. She was also adjunct Professor of Women's Studies and Latin American Studies at her institution. She has authored or coedited six scholarly books, and has published over 100 articles, chapters in books, review essays, notes, bibliographies, and collection entries, on topics ranging from Caribbean authors to Mexican colonial nuns.
Dr. Rivero is coeditor of Telling To Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios (2001), Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature (1995), and Siete poetas (1977). Her latest book, a bilingual collection of essays, was Discursos desde la diáspora (2005). Her latest published article on Cuban studies is "Del exilio al posnacionalismo en Cristina García: La diáspora cultural cubana en el siglo XXI," in Un pueblo disperso: Dimensiones sociales y culturales de la diáspora cubana, edited by Jorge Duany (2014). Her latest poetry was published in Catedral sumergida: Poesía cubana contemporánea escrita por mujeres, edited by Ileana Álvarez and Maylén Domínguez (2013). Her video Melodías y memorias de Eliana Rivero, with her interpretations of traditional Cuban music and autobiographical commentary, was finished in January 2015.
Dr. Rivero lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she enjoys playing her grand piano every day.