William M. Rivera was born in New Orleans and began publishing poetry in the 1950s. His early poetry appeared under the names William Rivera and William McLeod Rivera in THE NATION, PRAIRIE SCHOONER, THE KENYON REVIW, and many other publications. He did not stop writing despite his later career movements but discontinued efforts to publish. Recently, however, he has begun submitting his poems again and has been published under his initials, WMR, in CALIFORNIA QUARTERLY, GARGOYLE, and GHAZAL.
A first book of his poetry was published in 1960, titled THE END OFLEGEND’S STRING, illustrated by Mexican artist Jose Luis Cuevas. His professional activities in agricultural development have taken him to more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Retired from the University of Maryland, he is putting together a new collection of his poetry, REBOOTING.