Julia de Burgos
Poet, Nationalist

Born: February 17, 1917

Julia was born in Puerto Rico. She was the oldest of 13 children and spent most of early years in the barrio of Santa Cruz. Local townspeople donated money to help Julia attend the University of Puerto Rico High School. After graduation, she entered the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan and got her certification to teach two years later.

She taught in the Barrio Cerdo Arriba in Naranjito, where she was reminded of the social problems and poverty she had experienced as a child. She decided to commit herself to social reform and learning. After publishing three volumes of poetry, Julia spent years traveling and writing. Life was difficult for Julia; she died alone and destitute in Harlaam, even though many people recognized her as one of the best poets of her time.

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