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Professor Receives Renowned Poetry Award

R. Flowers Rivera, of McKinney

September 4, 2009 - A Collin College English professor recently took home a prestigious award from the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference.

R. Flowers Rivera, of McKinney, was awarded the 2009 Leo Love Merit Scholarship in Poetry and gave a featured reading, in addition to studying with Valerie Martínez, Poet Laureate of Sante Fe, New Mexico.

The Leo Love Scholarship, which is open to registered participants of the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, provides tuition for a weeklong workshop.

Rivera’s poetry and fiction have been published nationally. Her short story “The Iron Bars” won the 1999 Peregrine Prize, and Rivera was a finalist in 2002 for both the Naomi Long Madgett Award and the Akron Poetry Prize and a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize.

Rivera earned a doctorate in African-American Literature and Creative Writing from Binghamton University, a master of arts from Hollins University and a master of science from Georgia State University.

The Taos Writers’ Conference is one of the nation’s premier writing workshops offered for and by writers.  It attracts attendees from all over the world.

For more information, visit www.unm.edu/taosconf/.

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