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Rhina Espaillat is a native of the Dominican Republic but has lived in the U.S. since the age of seven. She publishes in English and Spanish and has four poetry collections in print: "Lapsing to Grace" (Bennett & Kitchel, 1992); "Where Horizons Go" (Truman State University Press, 1998), which won the T. S. Eliot Prize; "Rehearsing Absence" (University of Evansville Press, 2001), which won the Richard Wilbur Award; and "Mundo y Palabra/The World and the Word" (Oyster River Press, 2001), a bilingual chapbook. She has won the Howard Nemerov Award, the Sparrow Sonnet Prize, and prizes from the Poetry Society of America. Retired from teaching school in New York City, Espaillat lives in Newburyport, Mass.