Julia Alvarez is a writer and a poet. She was born in the Dominican Republic. Alvarez wrote novels and poetry including How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent and In the Time of the Butterflies. Her poetry is collected in the book The Other Side of El Otro Lado. Alverez won the PEN Oakland/Jefferson Miles Award for excellence in 1991 for How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accent and was nominated for the 1995 National Book Critics Circle Award for In the Time of the Butterflies.