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      Rafael Campo is a poet and essayist who teaches and practices internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Campo earned a BA and...

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      Poet, novelist, editor, and activist Terry Wolverton was born in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and grew up in Detroit. She was educated at the University of Detroit, the University of Toronto,...

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      The late James Merrill was recognized as one of the leading poets of his generation. Praised for his stylish elegance, moral sensibilities, and transformation of autobiographical moments into deep and...

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Caribbean American Poets
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      Born on the island of Saint Lucia, a former British colony in the West Indies, poet and playwright Derek Walcott was trained as a painter but turned to writing as...

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      Caribbean poet Lorna Goodison was born in Kingston, Jamaica. A painter before she turned her focus to poetry, Goodison was educated at the Jamaica School of Art and the School...

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      Edward Archibald Markham was born in Montserrat in the West Indies, the youngest of four children. In 1956, he moved to England with his family, who neglected to send Markham...

    • Image of the poet Margarita Engle.
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      Poet, novelist, and journalist Margarita Engle was born in Pasadena, California, to a Cuban mother and an American father. She earned a BS from California State Polytechnic University and an...

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      The eldest of thirteen children, poet Julia Constanza Burgos Garcia was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, and grew up in the barrio of Santa Cruz. She earned a teaching certificate...

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      Born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian immigrant parents, poet R. Erica Doyle earned a BA at Georgetown University, an MFA at The New School, and an MA at New York University....

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