Faculty Biography

Juan Pablo Rivera, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Spanish
Department of Language, Literature and Culture
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

phone: 1.508.793.7236
email: jprivera@clarku.edu


A graduate of Yale and Harvard universities, Professor Rivera is the author of a book of essays and two poetry collections. He co-edited a volume on one of Puerto Rico’s most important living writers and has published over a dozen articles on Latin American literature and the study of gender and sexuality. His latest book, La hermosa carne [Gorgeous Flesh], analyzes the ways in which different bodies (the “fat” body, the black body, the absent one…) have been represented in contemporary Puerto Rican poetry. A finalist for multiple awards for teaching excellence at Harvard and Clark, Professor Rivera has coordinated the Spanish program while teaching courses on Latin American literature, language and culture from the late nineteenth century onward. He enjoys advising students on their plans to study abroad, pursue a major or minor in Spanish, applying to graduate schools, and making future career decisions.

Selected Publications

La hermosa carne: El cuerpo en la poesía puertorriqueña actual. Madrid: Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2021.

En invierno la batalla (poemas). Madrid: Valparaíso Ediciones, 2022.

"Puerto Rican Literature.” Oxford Bibliographies. Annotated bibliography and introductory essay. Available online since 2019.

En invierno la batalla (poemas). Winner: Premio Victoria Urbano de Creación, Asociación de Estudios de Género y Sexualidad, 2018. Finalist: Premio Nacional de Poesía, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 2016.

“En defensa de la gordura: Mardi Gras, de Julio César Pol.” Hispanic Journal. December, 2018.

La fuga de cerebros (poemas). San Juan: Isla Negra Editores, 2015. Print, 94 pages. 

"Carpentier, Alejo" (Cuba). Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin K. Knight. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Lección errante: Mayra Santos-Febres y el Caribe contemporáneo. Book of essays by new and established scholars, co-edited with Dr. Nadia Celis of Bowdoin College. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Isla Negra Editores, 2011. Print, 282 pages.

Review of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora, by Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes. Published in Cambridge University Press's Journal of Latin American Studies 44.2 (2012): 396-397. Print.

"'To Make the One Impossible': Queerness and Multilingualism in the Poetry of Francisco X. Alarcón." Confluencia: Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Special Section on Chicano Literature 26.1 (2010): 98-111. Print.

"Language Allergy: Seduction and Second Languages in 'How the García Girls Lost Their Accents'." Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities 2.2 (2010): 123-135. Web.

"Cabeza colosal: La raza y la guerra de escrituras en Colibrí de Severo Sarduy." Delaware Review of Latin American Studies 11.1 (2010): np. Web.

“Heterofilia: El modelo heterosexual en la crítica del Inca Garcilaso." Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 36 (2007): 96-107. Print.