Eliana S. Rivero was born in Cuba, and immigrated permanently to the U.S. in 1961. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in 1964 and her Ph.D. in 1968 from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. She has done scholarly work and teaching in the area of Latin American and U.S. Latino literatures, especially poetry and women's writings, for over fifty years.
Rivero is currently serving on the Advisory Board of Latinx Talk and is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona, where she taught Latin American literatures (colonial, modern, and contemporary) and U.S. Latino/Latina literatures and cultures for over four decades. She has authored and/or coedited seven scholarly books, and has published over one hundred articles, chapters in books, review essays, notes, bibliographies, and collection entries, on topics ranging from Caribbean authors to Mexican colonial nuns. Since the early eighties she has been writing about the experience of Chicano/as, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and other U.S. Latino/as, and has published numerous scholarly pieces as well as autobiographical essays on these topics. Rivero has been invited to give keynote addresses and lectures at more than fifty university campuses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Cuba, and Chile, and has presented papers at over 75 national and international conferences. Her poems and autobiographical narratives are included in several anthologies in the US, Cuba, Argentina, and Spain.