R. Flowers Rivera - CV



Ph.D. (English)
          Binghamton University—SUNY, Binghamton, NY: 2000

M.A. (English)
          Hollins University, Roanoke, VA: 1995

M.S. (Human Resource Development)
          Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA: 1993

B.S. (Marketing Education)
          University of Georgia, Athens, GA: 19



Creative Writing (poetry and fiction)

African American Literature

Contemporary Southern Novelists



Troubling Accents. Poetry collection, 110 pp. (July 2013, Xavier Review Press,
          Xavier University, New Orleans)

Heathen. Poetry collection, ca., 80 pp. (February 2015,
         published by Lotus Press Inc., and distributed by Wayne State University Press).

Thus, It Happened (manuscript-in-progress). Novel, ca. 340 pp.

Human Body, Human Mind (manuscript-in-progress). Short stories, ca. 100 pp.



Winner of the 2014 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award for Heathen

Finalist for the manuscript Heathen, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, 2014

Finalist for the manuscript Heathen, Gival Press Prize in Poetry, 2014

Nomination in Poetry for Troubling Accents, Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters,

Leo Love Merit Scholarship in Poetry, Taos Summer Writers Conference, 2009

Scholarship to the Idyllwild Summer Writers Workshop in Poetry, 2003

Scholarship to the Callaloo Writers Workshop, 2003

Finalist, Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, 2002

Pushcart Prize XXVII nomination for "Exegesis" from Urban Spaghetti

Finalist, May Swenson Award in Poetry, 2001

Finalist, Journal Award in Poetry, 2001

Finalist, Gary Snyder Memorial Award, 2000

Peregrine Prize for the short story, "The Iron Bars," 1999

Finalist, May Swenson Award for Poetry, 1999

Finalist, Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, 1999

Finalist, Paumanok Award for Poetry, 1999

Clifford E. Clark Fellowship, Binghamton University, Awarded 1999

Creative Writing Fellowship, Hollins University, Awarded 1994

Individual Artist Grant, Georgia Council for the Arts, Awarded 1994




Included in Mischief, Caprice & Other Poetic Strategies. Terry Wolverton, ed.
            (January 2005, Red Hen Press).

Included in The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry
            Swing. Keith Flynn, ed. (March 2007, Writers Digest).


“A Trip.” Jabberwock Review 22:2 (2000) 72-87.

“Human Body, Human Mind.”  Touchstone 32 (2000) 95-100.

"The Iron Bars." Peregrine XVIII (1999) 12-17.

"Cole."  Evergreen Chronicles 13:1 (1998) 42-51.


“The Katrina Effect,” “Requiem for Sonny Boy,” “Blues Mama,” “Equanimity,”
            “Stay,” “Transfiguration,” “Puddlejumper: A. E. Link Field.” The Dead
            Mule School of Southern Literature. 17 August 2013. Web.

“Lady Tiresias: Seven Years a Woman,” “Persephone: All Bound Up,” “Isle of
            Promethea,” and ‘Invoking Erato.” UCity Review. Issue 6 (June 2013).

“Braiding Alexis” and “Ode to Sue.” Feminist Studies Vol. 38: 2 (2012) 516-518.

“Breckinridge Mill Dam.” African American Review. 45.1 (2012): 236-236.


“Salt.” Barely South Review (2012) 77.

“Call My Name So My God Will Know Me.” Structo Magazine Vol. 8 (2012).  


“I Am Hephaestus.” Paper Darts. 25 May 2012. Web.                                    

“Doubt” and “Her.” Wildflower Magazine. 1 April 2012. Web.            

“Jellyfish Heart” and “Trying to Explain.” The Lindenwood Review Vol. 2
            (2012) 128-129.
“Predawn Aubade” and “Heavy in My Jesus Year.” Forces (2009) 58, 63.

“Charon the Ferryman,” “Paris,” “Ismene Speaks,” and “E True Hollywood Story:
            M—.” North Dakota Quarterly 73:4 (2006) 101-106.

“Not My Guitar: CC Rider Revisited.” The Coe Review 36:1 (2005) 73.

“Heathen.” Janus Head 6:2 (2003) 332.

“NY to ATL in Fourteen Hours.” Glass Tesseract 3:1. (2003) 32.

“Her Lover Eyes the Exit” and “The Red Eye of Dawn.” Artisan: A Journal of Craft
            Vol. 1 (2003) 9, 33.

“Antics of Sadness and Despair,” “Bootstraps,” and “Dreamweaver.” Obsidian III
            3:2 (2002) 77-81.

“Vera Geneva, 1939.” Asheville Poetry Review 9:1 (2002).

“Portrait of LoLo.” New Stone Circle Vol. 6 (2002).

“Hera Has Her Say” and “A Siren Repents.” The Southern Review 37:4 (2001) 679-

“Exegesis.” Urban Spaghetti Vol. 4 (2001) 23 – reprint.

“Salah: Dulles Airport” and “Backwater Gal.” Janus Head 4:2(2001) 268-270.

“Exegesis: A World Gone Awry.” Columbia 35 (2001) 194-197.

“A Drunken Sestina.” The Evansville Review Vol. XI (2001) 84-85.

“Scorned Is Scorned.” Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry & Prose Vol. 1 (2001)

“When Your Wife Is Beautiful and Other Myths of Creation.” Karamu 17:2(2001)

“The van Gogh in Us All.” The Baltimore Review 5:2 (2001) 98.

“Eldest Daughter of Wei.” Anthology 8:3 (2001) 11.

“Late Night Ramblings.” The Beloit Poetry Journal 51:3 (2001) 14-15.

“Palimpsest.” Papyrus 7:4 (2001) 18.

“I Wanted to Take You Home.” The Iconoclast Issue 60 (2000) 8-9.

“Troubling Accents,” “Waking,” and “Yes, I Was a Debutante.” Xavier Review 20:2
            (2000) 63-65.

“The Obtuse of a Literary Triangle.” American Poets & Poetry September-
            October (2000) 10.

“Legacy to Our Daughters.” Obsidian III: Literature of the Africa Diaspora 2:1 (2000)

“Boudica Burns Eden.” Tempus 4:2 (2000) 13.

“Invoking Erato.” Lummox Vol. 6 (2000) 17.

“A Toast to Each Kiss,” “Trellis Laced with Morning Glories,” and “Vivid.”
            Janus Head 3:1 (2000) 154-156.

“Cris de Coeur.” Confluence Vol. 10 (1999) 74.

“Having Survived Winter” and “It Creeps Over You.” Anteup 1:2 (1999) 33-35.

“Bernadette, Vocalist, Age 27: Omaha, NE” and “Perspectives of Someday Isle.”
            Janus Head 2:2 (1999) 356-358.

 “Ravished Landscapes.” Cold Mountain Review 27:1 (1998) 23.

“Back Up Off Me”; “Funeral Arrangements.” The Brownstone Review No. 6 (1998) 32-

“Flirtation in the Front Parlor” and “The Waffle House.” Eratica 3:2 (1998) 26, 47.       

“Gulfport, Circa 1963,” “Phone Call: The Morning After,” and “Kuei-Ts’ai.”
            Obsidian II: Black Literature in Review 12:1-2. (1997) 20-24.

“Grand,” “Some Other Woman’s,” “Like Women of Long Ago,” and “Till.”
            Obsidian II: Black Literature in Review 11:1-2 (1996) 120-127.


“Contemplating the Natural Order,” “The Cynic,” and “Hokku Lunacy.”
            Sliding Moon Press Literary Magazine (1996) 75-78.           

“But Never Seeing My Eyes,” “Double Negatives,” “The Answer to Your
            Question, Sir Or: The Diaspora of the Dahomey,” “Hell in My Kitchen,”
            “Show Don’t Tell,” “De La of Justice: Journey, History, Acceptance,”
            “Mississippi,” and “Green Pods.” Obsidian II: Black Literature in Review
            10:1-2 (1995) 63-71.

“Basic Rules of Grammar.” Artemis XVI (1995) 10.


Soldier: A Poet’s Story by June Jordan. Mosaic Magazine Summer (2000) 37.



Associate Professor of English. Collin College—Spring Creek, Plano, TX.
           August 2012-December 2012. Creative Writing, Composition and Rhetoric
           I, Composition and Rhetoric II.

Lecturer in Literature and Composition. Center for American Education—
           Singapore. June 2011-May 2012. Modern Short Story, Modern Novel
           Composition and Rhetoric I, and Composition and Rhetoric II

Professor of English. Collin College—Spring Creek Campus. Fall 2008-May
            2011. Composition and Rhetoric I, Composition and Rhetoric II, and
            Creative Writing Poetry. (Associate Faculty at Central Park campus—
            Spring 2008.)

Instructor of English. Lausanne Collegiate School. Fall 2006-Spring 2007.
            Advanced Placement Language and Composition, Literature of the
            Americas—Honors. (Spouse transferred with Alcatel-Lucent)

Instructor of English. Houston High School. Fall 2004-Spring 2006. English
            Composition II, World Literature Honors and Standard. Certified by the
            Tennessee Department of Education. “Highly Qualified” status.

Instructor of English. Christian Brothers University—Evening Program. Fall
            2003-Spring 2004. Courses taught: Form and Theory in Literature I and II
            (fiction, poetry, and drama), Composition and Rhetoric I, and Composition
            and Rhetoric II: The Research Paper.

Assistant Professor of English. University of the District of Columbia. Fall
            2001-Spring 2003. Courses taught: African American Literature (surveys,
            seminars, and special topics), Slave Narratives, Writing Poetry, Writing
            Fiction, Contemporary Southern Novelists, Modern Short Stories,
            Literature and Advanced Writing I & II, and Composition I & II.

Assistant Professor of English. Northern Virginia Community College—
            Alexandria. Fall 2000-Spring 2001. Courses taught: Composition I,
            Composition II, Survey of African American Literature I, Survey of African
            American Literature II, Intro to Creative Writing I—Poetry.

Lecturer. Binghamton University. Summer 1999-Fall 1999. African
            American Poetry: The Black Aesthetic. English 282. African
            American Literature: 1920-Present. English 282.



Featured Reading, Ohr-O’Keefe Art Museum: “Troubling Accents.” Biloxi, MS
            (5 July 2014).

Featured Reader, Last Writes of Spring Literary Arts Festival, “Troubling Accents.”
            Vitruvian Park in Addison, TX (22 June 2014).

Featured Reading, Texas Association of Event, “Troubling Accents.” Malvern Books
            in Austin, TX (21 June 2014).

Featured Reader, Collin College’s National Poetry Month Celebration, “Off the
            Page and On-Campus: “Troubling Accents.” Frisco, TX (9 April 2014).

Taught workshop titled “Poetry of Place: Memory and Imagination.” The
            Writer’s Garrett: Dallas, TX (29 March 2014).

Featured Reader, Southern Methodist University’s Literary Festival in
            association with The Writer’s Garret: “Troubling Accents.” Dallas, TX (25
            March 2014).

Featured Reading, University of Indianapolis as part of the Kellogg Writers Series:
            “Troubling Accents.” Indianapolis, IN (6 March 2014).

Taught workshop titled “Rhetoric in Poetry.” University of Indianapolis,
            Indianapolis, IN (6 March 2014).

Featured Reading, Seattle University: “Troubling Accents.” Co-sponsored by the
            Patricia Wismer Center for Gender, Justice, and Diversity and the
            Center for the Study of Justice in Society. Seattle, WA (28 February 2014).

Featured Reading, Alcatel-Lucent Black History Month Celebration: “Troubling
            Accents.” Plano, TX (27 February 2014).

Workshop titled “Poetry of Place: Memory and Imagination.” Jefferson State
            Community College: Birmingham, AL (25 February 2014).

Featured Reading, Jefferson State Community College as part of the Red
            Mountain Reading Series: “Troubling Accents.”
            Birmingham, AL (24 February 2014).

Featured Reading, Texas A&M Commerce: “Troubling Accents.” Commerce,
            TX (20 February 2014).

Featured Reading, Texas Christian University as part of the Live Oak Reading
            Series: “Troubling Accents.” Fort Worth, TX (12 February 2014).

Reading, Georgia Perimeter College: “Troubling Accents.” Decatur, GA
            (21 November 2013).

Reading, Georgia Perimeter College: “Troubling Accents.” Alpharetta, GA
            (20 November 2013).

Featured Reading, Berry College: “Troubling Accents.” Mount Berry, GA
            (20 November 2013).

Reading, Clark Atlanta University: “Troubling Accents.” Atlanta, GA
            (19 November 2013).

Reading, University of West Georgia: “Troubling Accents.” Carrollton, GA
            (18 November 2013).

Reading, University of Texas: “Troubling Accents.” Dallas, TX
            (30 October 2013).

Featured Reading, Dillard University: “Troubling Accents.” New Orleans,
            LA (26 September 2013).

Featured Reading, Xavier University: “Troubling Accents.” New Orleans,
            LA (23 September 2013).

Featured Reading, African American History Month, Collin College—Spring
            Creek Campus: “Troubling Accents.” Plano, TX (2011).
Featured Reading, Taos Summer Writers Conference: “Heathen.” Taos, NM

Reader, “Forces: 20th Anniversary Reading and Book Signing.” Collin College,                         Plano, TX (2009).

George Moses Horton Society. Reflecting Back, Looking Forward in
            African American Poetry: “Mythologies of Race—A Poetry
            Reading.” University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (5 April

College English Association Conference—Middle Atlantic Group. “Family
            History—A Poetry Reading.” University of the District of Columbia,
            Washington, DC (9 March 2002).

George Moses Horton Society. Exploring Community and Culture in
            African American Poetry: “Due South: I Wanted to Take You
            Home—A Poetry Reading.” University of North Carolina, Chapel
            Hill, NC (1 April 2000).

Artful Negotiations: Text, Context, and Culture. “Due South: I Wanted to
            Take You Home—A Poetry Reading.” Louisiana State University,
            Baton Rouge, LA (3 March 2000).

Fifth Annual Women’s Studies Conference. “Legacy to Our Daughters: A
            Poetry Reading.” Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA (2 March
Graduate English Society Conference. “An Audience of One: A Poetry
            Reading.” Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (25 February 2000).

Culture and Vision Conference: “South Bound: A Poetry Reading.”
            Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (6 November 1999).

Amherst Writers & Artists: Featured reading at Jones Memorial Library,
            Amherst, MA (16 October 1999).



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