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Name:Pen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction History Non-Fiction Poetry Born: 1950 in New York City, NY Sites:
Illinois ConnectionAlvarez was an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Illinois in Urbana from 1985 - 1988. While there, she taught beginning and advanced fiction and poetry workshops as well as courses on women's studies and minority/ethnic literature.
Biographical and Professional InformationJulia Alvarez is an author, a poet, novelist, and essayist. Born in New York, she spent the first ten years of her childhood in the Dominican Republic. A few years after moving back to the United States, Alvarez started attending Abbot Academy; graduating in 1967. From there, she attended Connecticut College from 1967 to 1969 and then transferred to Middlebury College, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1971. She then went on to Syracuse University where she received her master's in 1975. Alvarez then took a position as a writer-in-residence for the Kentucky Arts Commission. She traveled throughout the state visiting elementary schools, high schools, colleges and communities, conducting writing workshops and giving readings. She attributes these years with providing her a deeper understanding of America and helping her realize her passion for teaching. After her work in Kentucky, she extended her educational endeavors to California, Delaware, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., and Illinois. Today, Alvarez is regarded as one of the most critically and commercially successful Latina writers of her time. She currently resides in Champlain Valley, Vermont.
*''A Cafecito Story'', 2001 *''A Gift of Gracias: The legend of Altagracia'', 2005 *''A Wedding in Haiti: The Story of a Friendship'', 2012 *''¡YO!,'' 1997 *''Before We Were Free'', 2002 *''Finding Miracles'', 2004 *''Homecoming: New and Collected Poems'', 1996 *''How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay'', 2001 *''How Tía Lola Learned to Teach'', 2010 *''How Tía Lola Saved the Summer'', 2011 *''How the García Girls Lost Their Accents'', 1991 *''How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over,'' 2011 *''In the Name of Salomé'', 2000 *''In The Time of the Butterflies'', 1994 *''Once Upon A Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA'', 2007 *''Return to Sender'', 2009 *''Saving the World'', 2006 *''Something to Declare'', 1998 *''The Best Gift of All: The Legend of La Vieja Belén'', 2008 *''The Other Side/El Otro Lado'', 1995 *''The Secret Footprints'', 2000 *''The Woman I Kept to Myself'', 2004 *''Where Do They Go?'', 2016 *"Afterlife", Algonquin, 2020