Maritza Rivera wrote of my personal loss and of my heart: “MAY ALL THE PIECES FIND EACH OTHER.” This is a true poet –not merely a public poet— one who is always a poet, in daily practice, within arm’s reach. On the page, she creates her own history from our national/cultural histories. Her view is egalitarian, and she makes a sharp argument for human rights while creating unexpected pleasures through the excellence of her writing. – GC
Maritza Rivera is a Puerto Rican poet and Army veteran who has lived in Rockville, MD since 1994. Maritza has been writing poetry for over 40 years, is the creator of a short form of poetry called Blackjack and has been published in literary magazines, anthologies and online publications. She founded the weekly Mariposa Poetry Series, which ran “twelve poet years” from September 1999 to October 2002 in College Park, MD.
Maritza is the author of About You, a collection of poetry “for women and the men they love”; A Mother’s War, written during her son’s two tours in Iraq; Baker’s Dozen, a limited edition in the Brazilian Cordel tradition created for the 2013 Seeing Food art exhibit at the Kramer Gallery in Silver Spring, MD and Twenty-One: Blackjack Poems. Maritza is a contributor to Poets Responding to SB1070; hosts the annual Mariposa Poetry Retreat at the Capital Retreat Center in Waynesboro, PA; and was the recipient of a 2012 BID International Writing Fellowship in Bahia, Brazil.
Maritza is also a supporter of the Memorial Day Writers Project (MDWP) and participates in the Warrior Poetry Project at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. She serves on the Board of Directors of Split This Rock in Washington, DC, attended the 2013 Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in Sicily and most recently was the recipient of a 2013 Montgomery County Executive’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.