Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez
Julia Alvarez

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Business, Education, Writers

Notable Facts

Latina author of books such as "How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents" and "In the Time of the Butterflies." Writer in residence at Middlebury College. Owns a sustainable farm-literacy center in the Dominican Republic.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

03/27/1950

Primary Residence

Weybridge

Ethnicity

Latina american

Historical Significance

Julia Alvarez was born in New York City, but moved to the Dominican Republic at the age of three months. She and her family returned to the United States when she was ten. She decided to become a writer while in high school, and orginially pursued poetry before switching to prose. Her most recognized novel, "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents", for which she won the PEN Oakland/ Josephine Mills Award,was published in 1990. Her second novel, "In the Time of the Butterflies", was made into a feature film produced by and starring Salma Hayek. Alvarez's other books include: "Saving the World", "A Gift of Gracias", "Finding Miracles", "The Woman I Kept to Myself", "Before We were Free", "A Cafecito Story", "How T'a Lola Came to Visit/Stay", "The Secret Footprints", "In the Name of Salom?", "Something to Declare", "Yo!", "Homecoming: New and Collected Poems", and "The Other Side/El Otro Lado". Her work continues to be praised for its significance to Hispanic culture and to Hispanic women in particular. Alvarez has won numerous awards and citations for her work. She is currently a writer in residence at Middlebury College and owns a sustainable farm-literacy center in the Dominican Republic.

Organizations or Movements

  • Member of the Academy of American Poets
  • the Associated Writing Programs
  • Poets & Writers
  • the Latin American Writers' Institute.

Occupations

  • Writer in Residence at Middlebury College
  • Professor
  • English instructor
  • Business owner in the Dominican Republic

Education

  • BA, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT (1969-71).
  • MA in Creative Writing, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (1973-75).

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • About Julia Alvarez Link

  • Julia Alvarez's writing Link

Additional Images

Movie Poster for In the Time of the Butterflies
Movie Poster for In the Time of the Butterflies
Cover of How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents
Cover of How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents