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Published on Jul 15, 2010
Rhina Espaillat reading from her poetry translations at the Dominican Studies Association 2010 Conference at Naugatuck Valley Community College (May 13, 2010).
Rhina Espaillat was born in the Dominican Republic and has lived in the United States since 1939. She is the author of poems, short stories, and essays both in English and in her native Spanish, as well as translations, most notably the works of San Juan de la Cruz into English and of Robert Frost into Spanish. Her poems, essays, narratives and translations have appeared in numerous magazines, on many websites, and in some fifty anthologies. Her national and international prizes include the T.S. Eliot Prize (for Where Horizons Go), the Richard Wilbur Award, two Nemerov Awards and several of the yearly prizes from the Poetry Society of America, the Robert Frost Foundation and the New England Poetry Club. A former high school English teacher in New York City, she often runs workshops for young people and discussed poetry with high school classes, as well as adults, college students, and bilingual audiences. Her most recent publications are Playing at Stillness and Her Place in These Designs (poetry collections in English), and two bilingual works, Agua de dos rios (essays and poetry), and El olor de la memoria: cuentos/The Scent of Memory (short stories).
Espaillat has an M.A. from Queens College and the B.A. from Hunter College, both colleges of the City University of New York.