Claribel Alegría spent her childhood in exile in El Salvador. A graduate of George Washington University, she lived in the United States, Mexico, Chile, and Uruguay and on the island of Majorca, Spain, before returning to Nicaragua in 1979. She collaborated with her husband, writer Darwin Flakoll, on such works as New Voices of Hispanic America, Ashes of Izalco, and They Won't Take Me Alive.
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