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Julia Alvarez – Contemporary Author

Julia Alvarez was born in New York City on March 17, 1950, the second of four daughters. Three months later, her parents returned to their native Dominican Republic after a self-imposed exile from General Rafael Trujillo’s dictatorship.

Julia Alvarez

When her parents became involved in an underground movement to overthrow Trujillo, the Alvarez family was forced to flee the Dominican Republic in order to escape imprisonment. They returned to the United States in August of 1960, four months before the founders of the underground, the Mirabal sisters, were brutally murdered by the government. The Alvarez family settled in Queens, N.Y. FOR MORE


Julia Alvarez is a Dominican-American New Formalist poet, novelist, and essayist. She rose to prominence with the novels How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, and Yo! .


Julia Alvarez was born in New York City, and was raised between the Dominican Republic and New York. A poet, novelist, activist, and essayist, Alvarez holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MFA from Syracuse University. 

She is the author of the poetry collections The Woman I Kept to Myself (Shannon Ravenel, 2011), Homecoming: New and Collected Poems (Plume, 1996), and The Other Side (El Otro Lado) (Dutton, 1995), as well as six novels and three books of nonfiction.  FOR MORE

LATINA LISTA presents a YouTube Interview with Julia Alvarez

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