R.R. Tavárez is an artist, writer and speaker local to Grand Rapids, MI. He is an Afro-Latino of Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage, and proudly part of the Queer community. His journey into the arts and writing began as a youth, as he discovered a gift for communication in both areas. Meanwhile, his sensibilities to social inequities began to develop, largely shaped by dwelling in immigrant and African-American havens in the city. With his family deeply involved in their church and faith, another calling became clear in his life as he sought ways to bridge social action with a life of faith and devotion.

Seeing the needs for leadership skills and development in his community, Tavárez pursued an education that would allow him to invest those resources back into his neighborhood, and empowering others to do the same. After high school, he went on to earn an Associate of Arts in Business Administration at Grand Rapids Community College. Following that, he earned a dual undergraduate degree at Kuyper College in Bible and International Business, with a minor in Communications.  Finally, he acquired an M.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary with a concentration in Missions.

Today, Tavárez writes poetry, essays, and short fiction. His artwork is an extension of his storytelling. He is recognized preacher, often bringing his storytelling methods to bear from the Sunday morning pulpit.  As a reverend, he is a bivocational pastor, leading as the Executive Director of New City Neighbors, while pastoring En Vivo Church, a church plant he founded in 2016. He is a member of Grand Valley Artists and a collaborator with ArtXchangeGR.

While exploring various mediums, Tavárez’s creative tools of choice are pencil and paper in every area of his professional work.


Journey to the Artist page to peruse and shop through the art gallery.  Visit the Writer and Published Works pages to read through selected writing pieces. Interested in having R.R. Tavárez visit as a preacher or speaker? Visit the Speaker page for more information. 


*Writing and opinions expressed on this site belong to R.R. Tavárez alone, and do not reflect the stance or opinions of or any other organization of which he is a part.