Although born in the United States, she lived in the Dominican Republic
until the age of 10.
She is a poet, essayist and novelist.
Awards: Latina Literature Award, Pura Belpre Award, Hispanic Heritage
Award, CLASP, F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in
American Literature, Americas Award for Children and Young Adultís
Awards:† Frankel Medal from the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the International Journalism
Award from the World Affairs Council of California; he has been
nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction; and the National Book