A native New Yorker, Marguerite María Rivas teaches women’s literature and writing at Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she mentors first-generation college students. Much of her creative and scholarly work is based on the history, culture, and environment of Staten Island. Her essays and poetry have been published in anthologies, journals, and periodicals, nationally and internationally, and she is the author of two volumes of poetry. She enjoys welding and doing improvisational spoken word performances with musicians in her spare time. She is the Poet Laureate of Staten Island.