Rhina P. Espaillat
P. Espaillat was born in the Dominican Republic, has lived in the U.
S. since the age of 7, and taught high school English in NYC for several
years. She writes poetry and prose both in English and in her native
Spanish. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, including "Poetry,"
"Sparrow," "The Formalist" and "The American Scholar," as
well as in some two dozen anthologies,╩including╩An Introduc-tion
to Poetry (Longman, ╩2001) edited by X. J. Kennedy and
Dana Gioia, and The Beacon Best of 2001 (Beacon, 2001)
edited by Junot Diaz, A Formal Feeling Comes (Story
Line Press, 1994) In Other Words: Literature by Latinas of the
United States (Arte Publico Press, 1994), and Landscapes
with Women: Four American Poets (Singular Speedh Press, 1999.╩She
is a frequent reader and speaker in the Boston area, and conducts workshops
at colleges and universities out of state as well, including╩the West
Chester University Poetry Conference.
Espaillat has four╩poetry collections in print: Lapsing to Grace
(Bennett & Kitchel, 1992); Where Horizons Go (Truman
State University Press, 1998) which╩won the 1998 T. S. Eliot
Prize;╩"Mundo y Palabra/The World and the Word," a bilingual chapbook
(Oyster River Press, 2001); and╩Rehearsing Absence, (University
of Evansville Press, 2001), which won the 2001 Richard Wilbur
Award. She also won the 1998 Howard Nemerov Award, the "Sparrow"
Sonnet Prize for 1997, three yearly prizes from the Poetry Society of
America, including the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award in the year 2000,
and the 2001 Der-Hovanessian Translation Prize from the New England
Poetry Club, among other awards.
Espaillat lives in Newburyport, MA, with her sculptor husband, Alfred
Moskowitz. She coordinates the Newburyport Art Association's
Annual Poetry Contest, directs the Powow River Poets and
organizes that group's monthly reading series.One of her recent community
efforts has led to a cultural collaboration with a group of Spanish-language
poets, Tertulia Pedro Mir, centered in the neighboring and heavily
Hispanic city of Lawrence.
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