Tessa Brown

Tessa Brown is a lecturer in writing and rhetoric at Stanford University, and an organizer in San Francisco with the Rad Mission Neighbors. She received her doctorate in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University for her dissertation “SCHOOLED: Hiphop Composition at the Predominantly White University.” She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and a BA in Religion and Creative Writing from Princeton University. Brown’s research, reviews, and essays in composition and rhetoric have been published in Peitho and Kairos. She has also published fiction in Harper’s and reviews and essays in HyperallergicThe ForwardThe New Haven Review, and The American Reader. Her novella Sorry for Partying was honored by the Paris Literary Prize in 2014. Since 2011, but increasingly rarely, she has written a blog, Hiphopocracy, on hip-hop and pedagogy.


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Open to any author writing in English about the Chicanx/Latinx experience, the Rivera Book Prize is committed to the discovery and fostering of extraordinary writing by a first-time or early career author whose work examines the long and varied contributions of Chicanx/Latinx in the US. The Rivera Book Prize aims to provide a platform that showcases the emerging literary talent of the Chicanx/Latinx community, to cultivate the next generation of Chicanx/Latinx writers, and to continue the rich literary memory of Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet, activist, and educator.

Entry Fee: $35. Entry fees are non-refundable.

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