Naomi Ayala, a native of Puerto Rico, is the author of three books of poetry: Wild Animals on the Moon (Curbstone Press, 1997), This Side of Early (Curbstone Books: Northwestern University Press,, 2008), and Calling Home: Praise Songs and Incantations (Bilingual Review Press, 2013). She is the translator of a book of poems by the Argentinean poet Luis Alberto Ambroggio, The Wind's Archeology (Vaso Roto Ediciones: Mexico), winner of the 2013 International Latino Book Award for Best Nonfiction Book Translation. Among her other recognitions are a Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy of Environmental Justice Award and Special Recognition for Community Service from the U.S. Congress. Ayala received her MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College. She is included in several anthologies, including Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poems from the Other USA (Smokestack Books/U.K., 2008), The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2007), and Boriquén to Diasporican: Puerto Rican Poetry from Aboriginal Times to the New Millennium (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007).
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Submitted by Kim Roberts, December 2013