Editor's Note: Rhina Espaillat, who lends her good judgement to me as an advisor to this site, has permitted me to post more of her poems here than she feels is modest; but in my view, a talent such as hers should be shared generously.
Rhina P. Espaillat was born in the
Dominican Republic in 1932, has lived in the United States since 1939, and
was educated in the public school system of New York City. She was
graduated from Hunter College and did graduate work at Queens College,
also a branch of the City University of New York. Espaillat taught high
school English in New York City for several years, and writes poetry and
prose both in English and in her native Spanish. Her poems, essays,
narratives and translations have appeared in numerous magazines, on many
websites, and in some fifty anthologies.