Photo by Armando Chávez Rivera
The Thirteenth Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, to be held in Miami on February 3–4, 2022, will be dedicated to Dr. Eliana Rivero, in recognition of her valuable contributions to Cuban and Latino cultural studies. A panel discussion will assess the significance of her work as a literary critic.
Eliana Suárez Rivero was born in Artemisa, Cuba, and immigrated permanently to the United States 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 eight scholarly books, and has published over one hundred 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 Let's Hear Their Voices: Cuban American Writers of the Second Generation (2019); Telling To Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios (2001); Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature (1995); and Siete poetas (1977). Her latest book is an anthology of her work, titled Obra selecta (2020). She previously published a bilingual collection of essays, Discursos desde la diáspora (2005). Her latest published article on Cuban studies is "La poscubanidad: Una historia personal," in Identidad y postnacionalismo en la cultura cubana, edited by Laura P. Alonso Gallo and Belén Rodríguez Mourelo (2019). 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.