From there to here – who are you? How do you connect with new people and a new place? Drill down into culture across countries with writer and poet Julia Alvarez as she discusses moving, meeting people, and reinventing herself once she arrived in New York City after growing up in the Dominican Republic.
About Julia Alvarez
Julia Alvarez is a poet, essayist and fiction writer. She spent her early childhood in the Dominican Republic, emigrating to this country at the age of ten. Her works include How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, which was selected as a Notable Book by the New York Times and the American Library Association, and In the Time of the Butterflies, a finalist for the 1994 National Book Critics Award in fiction. She is also the author of books for young readers, including Before we were Free, Finding Miracles, How Tia Lola came to visit Stay, and Return to Sender. Alvarez is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College and she and her husband have established a sustainable farming project and literacy center in the mountains of her native Dominican Republic. Her "green fable," A Cafecito Story, is based on her experiences on that farm. She is also the author of Saving the World, her most recent adult novel; The Woman I Kept To Myself, her most recent collection of poetry; and Once Upon a Quinceañera, a non-fiction book that was nominated for a 2007 National Critics Book Circle Award.
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