Photo Credit: Bill Eichner

Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. She is the author of six novels, two books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eight books for children and young adults. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including the 2013 National Medal of Arts for her “extraordinary storytelling,” a Latina Leader Award in Literature in 2007 from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the 2002 Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the 2000 Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library’s 1996 program “The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez.”

A writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, Alvarez and her husband, Bill Eichner, established Alta Gracia, an organic coffee farm–literacy arts center, in her homeland, the Dominican Republic.

Books by


How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

In the Time of the Butterflies


A Wedding in Haiti

In the Name of Salomé

A Cafecito Story

Saving the World


Something to Declare

Once Upon Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA


Homecoming: New and Collected Poems

The Other Side/El Otro Lado

The Woman I Kept to Myself

Books for Young Readers

The Secret Footprints

How Tía Lola Came to Stay

Before We Were Free

finding miracles

A Gift of Gracias: The Legend of Altagracia

The Best Gift of All: The Legend of La Vieja Belén

Return to Sender

How a Lola Learned to Teach

How a Lola Saved the Summer

How a Lola Ended Up Starting Over

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