PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Maryland
MFA in Creative Writing, American University
BA in Fine Arts, Virginia Tech
Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi specializes in Caribbean Literature, and more narrowly, in the literature of Hispaniola and its diaspora At the University of Hartford, she teaches Academic Writing, Introduction to Literature, World Literature, and Literature and Films of “Other” Cultures. Additionally, she teaches honors courses such as Mapping Caribbean Identities and New Worlds in Speculative Fiction. In her literature courses, she shows students how writers from around the world shape narratives in diverse ways while interrogating notions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and ability. She also aims to show how texts provocate, how they harness social, political, and aesthetic power to reveal gaps in history and experiences of migration, alienation, and assimilation.
In addition to creating new scholarship on the maroon figure in Hispaniola and teaching, Rivera is a poet. Her poetry collection Love Letter to an Afterlife (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), was a finalist for the 2019 International Latino Book Awards (Best Poetry Book) and the 2019 Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. Her work has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Cold Mountain Review, Kweli, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Puerto de Sol, The Caribbean Writer, The New York Times Magazine, Wasafiri, and Witness.