Tomás Riviera is a well-known Hispanic author, poet and educator. He set the standard for contemporary Mexican-American literature and received the Quinto Sol Award in 1971 for “. . . y no se lo tragó la tierra,” a novella about the life of a migrant worker taken from his own childhood experiences.
He graduated from Texas State University in with a bachelor’s in 1958 and a master’s 1964, and went on to be chancellor at the University of California-Riverside.
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