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Philadelphia library new city poet laureate

PHILADELPHIA – A poet who originally moved from Puerto Rico to Philadelphia for graduate school, has been appointed the new poet laureate.

Raquel Salas Rivera was named the poet laureate for 2018-2019 in a ceremony at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Monday.

Thirty-two-year-old Rivera is a bilingual poet, writing and reading working mainly in the Spanish, and later translated in English.

Rivera is the first poet laureate chosen by the Free Library, which adopted the program of City Hall last year. The position comes with the expectation that the poet will become a leader of the community.

WHYY-TV reports Andrew Nurkin, who manages the laureate program for the Free Library, says Rivera was selected in part because the closer the enthusiasm to deal with the diversity of Philadelphia communities.

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