Salomé Ureña de Henríquez

(1850-1897) Salomé Ureña de Henríquez is described within the Dominican Republic as the “Muse of the Country.” A noted poet and educator, her commitment to the well-being of her country brought her the love of the people of the Dominican Republic; her writings established her as a strong nationalist and advocate of women’s rights.Maria SalomeContinue reading “Salomé Ureña de Henríquez”

Julia de Burgos García

(1914-1953) Julia de Burgos García was born on a farm in Puerto Rico near the town of Carolina. The family was very poor and of her 12 siblings, 6 died of malnutrition..  A staunch advocate for Puerto Rican independence, she wrote poetry in defense of Puerto Rico’s independence and in support of the Spanish RepublicContinue reading “Julia de Burgos García”

Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga

(1814–1873) Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga, a Cuban-born Spanish writer, was considered one of the most romantic writers and greatest women poets of the 19th century.Her mother, Francisca María del Rosario de Arteaga y Betancourt, was a member of one of the most high-ranking families in Puerto Principe. Gertrudis was the first-born of theContinue reading “Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga”

Gabriela Mistral

(1889 -1957) Gabriela Mistral, pen name of Chilean poet, journalist, educator and diplomat Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, was the first Latin American winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, cited for her lyric poetry. After a rural, religious childhood, she began publishing and teaching as a teenager, going on to do important educational work in bothContinue reading “Gabriela Mistral”

Delmira Agustin

(1886-1914) Delmira Agustini, a lifelong resident of Montevideo, Uruguay, was a key figure in Latin American literature, the first woman to deal forcefully with powerful sexual themes in poems of passionate sensuality. She began publishing her poems as a teenager in journals such as La Alborada (The Dawn), and published three collections before her lifeContinue reading “Delmira Agustin”