Julia Alvarez


Vivian Nguyen, Staff Writer

Julia Alvarez is a Dominican-American poet and writer. She was born in the ¨Big Apple¨ also known as New York City with her family. She was the second daughter of her family with her three other sisters. Julia lived the majority of her life in NYC, till her parents decided to return to their home city Dominican Republic. Gratefully, once Julia was 10 years old, they moved back. Julia´s interest towards poetry began when she came to the country, a novice at the unspoken language. She also was inspired by the roots of books and visionary images. Her childhood was full of culture and folk stories, which broadened her experience of imagination and ideas. Most of the stories her Tia´s would read to her were not on paper. Like a book with pictures, she had to visualize and make it up in her head. Throughout all her years of school, Julia was straightforward with her goal, she knew she wanted to be a writer. She released her first book, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents,  which illuminates the integration of the Latina immigrant into the U.S. mainstream and shows that identity can be deeply affected by gender, ethnic, and class differences.

Julia Alvarez made an incredible impact, representing Latina writers through her meaningful poetry and backstory behind her career. It signifies the face oppression and difficulty of navigating between her world and others.