Claribel Alegría

was born in Estelí, Nicaragua in 1924 and grew up in El Salvador.  She has published over forty books, ten of which have been translated into English, including Ashes of Izalco, Luisa in Realityland, Family Album, Fugues, Thresholds, and Sorrow from Curbstone Press.  Her book of poetry, Sobrevivo, received a Casa de las Américas Prize and she is a recipient of the Neustadt Literature Prize in 2006.  She appeared in the Bill Moyers Language of Life on PBS in 1995.