Filipino-Canadian writer Patria Rivera’s first poetry collection, Puti/White (Frontenac House Media, Calgary, Alberta, 2005), was shortlisted for the 2006 Canadian Trillium Book Award for Poetry. She has also published two other book of poems, The Bride Anthology (Frontenac House Media, 2007) and BE, (Signature Editions, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2011), and co-authored two chapbooks, Weathering: An Exchange of Poems (Silver Maple Press, 2008) and Sixth from the Sixth (2001). The Time Between, Rivera’s fourth poetry collection, will be published by Signature Editions in 2018.
Rivera’s poetry is featured in Oxford University Press’s Perspectives in Ideology, and in Elana Wolff’s Implicate me: short essays on reading contemporary poems. Her poems have also been published in the Literary Review of Canada, Fireweed, and other Canadian and international publications.
In 1997 Rivera won an honourable mention in the ARC Poetry Magazine Second Annual Poem of the Year Contest for her poem, “Living on the borders, dying in the margins.”
In 2005 her poem, “Rare species,” was selected as the second-prize winner in the Eric Hill Award of Poetic Excellence competition held by QWERTY, a literary journal published by the English Department of the University of New Brunswick.
Rivera has received fellowships from the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Hawthornden Castle International Writers’ Retreat Centre in Scotland. She was also a recipient of the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Rivera graduated with a journalism degree from the University of the Philippines. She has also undertaken media and editing studies at the International Training Institute in Sydney, Australia, the International Institute for Journalism in Berlin, Germany, and the Nieman Centre for Journalism at Harvard University.
2018: The Time Between, Signature Editions, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Forthcoming in 2018
2011: BE, Signature Editions, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada,
2007: The Bride Anthology, Frontenac House, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (https://www.frontenachouse.com/dd-product/the-bride-anthology/)
2005: Puti/White, Frontenac House Calgary, Alberta, Canada,(https://www.frontenachouse.com/dd-product/putiwhite/)
2008: Weathering: An Exchange of Poems (co-author), Silver Maple Press, Republished online in Poemeleon, May 2010 (http://www.poemeleon.org/sue-chenette-et-al)
2001: Six from the Sixth (co-author), Sixth Floor Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2014, “When pity plays the piano,” I Found It at the Movies, Ruth Roach Pierson, Ed., Guernica Editions, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2010: “Cold War: 1957,” Review, Implicate me: short essays on reading contemporary poems, Elana Wolff, Guernica Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2009: Poem, “Cold War, 1957,” Perspectives in Ideology Book Series, Oxford University Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2007: “The Bride Muses the Might-Have-Beens,” Literary Review of Canada, March 2007
2007: “Rules of Engagement” Literary Review of Canada, March 2007
1997: “Three Poems,” Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly of Writing, Politics, Art & Culture, Toronto, Ontario
2006: Finalist, Canadian Trillium Book Award for Poetry, Ontario, Canada
2007: Co-Recipient, Filipino Global Literary Award for Poetry for Puti/White
2005: Second Prize, “Rare species,” Eric Hill Award of Poetic Excellence Competition, QWERTY (Literary Journal), English Department, University of New Brunswick.
1997: Honourable Mention, “Living on the borders, dying in the margins,” ARC Poetry Magazine Second Annual Poem of the Year Contest