Rivera Sun has red hair, a twin sister, and a fondness for esoteric mystics. She lives in an earthship house in New Mexico, in the United States, where she grows tomatoes, bakes sourdough bread, and writes poetry, plays, and novels on the side. Rivera has been an aerial dancer, a bike messenger, and a gung-fu style tea server. Everything else about her -except her writing- is perfectly ordinary.
Rivera writes the stories of our times and rallies us to meet adversity with gusto. She is the author of five social protest novels, as well as nine theatrical plays, three books of poetry, and a study guide to nonviolent action. Rivera co-hosts Love and Revolution Radio, and has co-founded two nationwide nonviolent study and action groups. She has been the program director for Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence and holds webinars, workshops and speaks nationally on the history and power of active nonviolence. Her essays on social justice are syndicated by Peace Voice and have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines.
She studied strategic nonviolent civil action at the James Lawson Institute and went to Bennington College to study writing as a Harcourt Scholar but graduated with a degree in dance. After six years working as a professional playwright, choreographer, and director in the San Francisco Bay Area, she founded the nationally touring Rising Sun Dance & Theater company that received coast-to-coast standing ovations.
Rivera believes in being an embodiment of love-in-action in all that she does. A passionate participant in creating a just, sustainable, and peaceful world, she takes the responsibility of life seriously . . . and with a good dose of humor. Her novels focus on the social issues of our times, positing creative solutions as well as muckraking through the causes of suffering.
"Life is the ultimate adventure!" Rivera says.
Rivera is easy to connect with on Facebook and Twitter, or through the RiveraSun.com website. She encourages her readers to reach out, write reviews, and share their favorite quotes with others.
Rivera in her words:
I collect tangible heroes
imperfect and lovable
from all times and all nations, races and creeds
with their adventure-plot-metaphors
that we, ourselves, live
to inspire all people
to lead boldly authentic, everyday lives
deeply connected to themselves
and this earth.
I pair complexity to simplicity
fold panoramas into packages
challenge one voice to speak many.
I leave room for music,
embodying the teller
in mind, heart, and soul.
The kitchen becomes a stage
the classroom a theater
every human a storyteller.
The tales become common
discussed over tea,
simmered with dinner
written in letters
rippling. . .
into our lives.