art by jared barbick
| Margarita Engle is a botanist and Cuban-American writer from Los Angeles. Her most recent book is The Poet Slave of Cuba, a Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano (Henry Holt & Co., 2006). Short works appear in a wide variety of journals, such as Atlanta Review, Bilingual Review, California Quarterly, Caribbean Writer, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Nimrod, and Poetry Salzburg Review. Awards include a Cintas Fellowship, a San Diego Book Award, and a 2005 Willow Review Poetry Award.
Margarita lives in central California, where she enjoys hiking and helping her husband with his volunteer work for a wilderness search-and-rescue dog training program.