Tomas Rivera (1935-1984) was born in Crystal City, Texas, to Spanish-speaking migrant farm workers. He went on to earn his BA in English with minors in Spanish, History, and Education from Southwest Texas State University. He also earned a MA in Spanish Literature and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Oklahoma. Rivera’s published work includes novels, short stories, poetry, and essays written in English and Spanish. He is best known for his novel, ...y no se lo tragó la tierra, for which he received the first Premio Quinto Sol literary award in 1971. His fiction is known for its realistic portrayal of the enduring spirit and strong family and community ties of Mexican-American migrant workers.
EMC is proud to feature the work of Tomas Rivera within Mirrors & Windows. Rivera's short story, "The Portrait", is featured in Unit 1 of Mirrors & Windows Level 2/Grade 7. Here is a sample from the Teacher Edition: