He was born on February 16, 1890, in Old San Juan, the son of a Galician father and an island-born mother. He was left an orphan as achild. After finishing his primary and secondary education, he worked in commercial establishments.
His first written works, which were modernist in nature, appeared in the pages of the Revista de lasAntillas, a monthly publication founded by Luis Llorens Torres in 1913. The following year, he published his first book of poetry, titled Desfile romántico, in which a Romantic intimate sentimentdominated along with a modernist search for formal perfection.
In 1918, he and José S. Alegría compiled the Antología de poetas jóvenes de Puerto Rico and he collaborated with Luis Muñoz Marín andAntonio Coll Vidal on a book of tales, called Madre haraposa. In the book of poetry El templo de los alabastros in 1919, he displays avant-garde influences, although modernist elements are still notable.During those years, he was named editor in chief of the newspaper El Imparcial, for which he wrote a series of articles titled España en la conciencia de América. In 1920, he made his first tripto Spain along with other intellectuals from the island. During his stay in Madrid, he met poets and academics and became familiar with the new avant-garde trends, particularly the Spanish poetrymovement Ultraism. Among other things, this movement promoted a form of rhythmic free verse that avoided the use of adjectives, unnecessary connections, and extreme adornment.
Ribera Chevremont activelyparticipated in the avant-garde movement in Madrid, giving talks, offering recitals at the Madrid Athenaeum and frequenting literary gatherings. While in Madrid, he published La copa de Hebe in...