PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Maryland
MFA in Creative Writing, American University
BA in Fine Arts, Virginia Tech
Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi is comparatist, Caribbeanist, and poet. Her scholarship and poetry focus on marronage, identity, and belonging. At the University of Hartford, she teaches Academic Writing, Introduction to Literature, World Literature, and Literature and Films Across 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.
Professor Rivera’s peer-reviewed articles are forthcoming in Caribbean Quarterly: A Journal of Caribbean Culture, and Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism. 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 poetry has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Caribbean Writer, New Letters, The New York Times Magazine, and Wasafiri.