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Patria Rivera

Patria Rivera

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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.

Rivera has also published three other books of poems: The Bride Anthology (Frontenac House Media, 2007), BE, (Signature Editions, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2011), and The Time Between (Signature Editions, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2018) as well as co-authored two chapbooks, Weathering: An Exchange of Poems (Silver Maple Press, 2008) and Sixth from the Sixth (2001).

In 2020, her series of haiku, "The Emperor Haiku," was featured in Art and Haiku in the Time of COVID, as part of The Toronto Public Library's Culture Online Series.

At present, Rivera is co-editing Magdaragat: An Anthology of Filipino-Canadian Writing, which will be published  by Cormorant Books in Spring 2023.

Rivera’s poetry is featured in the Oxford University Press Series on 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.

Previously, Rivera won an honourable mention in the ARC National Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Contest. 

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. 

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. As well, she has received fellowships in Poetry at the Banff Centre for the Arts and The Hawthornden Castle International Writers Residency in Scotland.

She lives with her family in Toronto’s east end.  



Puti/White . 2005, Frontenac House Media
The Bride Anthology. 2007, Frontenac House Media
BE. 2011, Signature Editions
The Time Between. 2018, Signature Editions


Trillium Book Award for Poetry (Shortlist) for Puti/White, 2006
Filipino Global Book Award for Poetry for Puti/White, 2007
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