Tomas Rivera

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Birthday
22, 1935
Birthplace
Crystal City, TX
Death Date
May 16, 1984 (48)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
22, 1935
Birthplace
Crystal City, TX
Death Date
May 16, 1984 (48)

About

A Chicano author and poet, he wrote the award-winning Faulknerian novella, Y no se lo Trago la Tierra (1971). His other works include This Migrant Earth (1987) and The Searchers: Collected Poetry (1990).

Before Fame

He studied English, Spanish, education, and history at Southwest Texas State University. He later received his PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Oklahoma.

Trivia

His novel, And the Earth Did Not Devour Him, was later adapted into a film.

Family Life

He was born in Texas to migrant workers Florencio and Josefa Rivera. He later married Concepción Rivera, with whom he had two daughters (Ileana and Irasema) and a son (Javie).

Associated With

He influenced the Chicano poet Ana Castillo.