Episode 91: Claribel Alegría

Thursday, December 22, 2022
Episode Summary

Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson reads "Rain" by Claribel Alegría.

Participant(s) Bio

Claribel Alegría was born to Nicaraguan and Salvadoran parents in Estelí, Nicaragua, on May 12, 1924. She grew up in the Santa Ana area of western El Salvador, and in 1943 she moved to the United States. In 1948 she received a BA in philosophy and letters from George Washington University. Throughout her life, Alegría has emphasized her commitment to nonviolent resistance, even during her close association with the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), the people’s movement that took control of the Nicaraguan government in 1979 and overthrew dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle.

Alegría has published numerous books of poetry, including Casting Off (Curbstone Press, 2003); Sorrow (Curbstone Press, 1999), which focuses on the death of her companion and translator, Darwin Flakoll; Umbrales (Thresholds; Curbstone Press, 1996); Fugues (Northwestern University Press, 1993); and La mujer del río/Woman of the River (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989), a bilingual edition. She is also a writer of novels and children’s stories.

Source: Poets.org