Margarita Engle

Born: 1951

Poet, novelist, and journalist Margarita Engle was born in Pasadena, California, to a Cuban mother and an American father. She earned a BS from California State Polytechnic University and an MS from Iowa State University, and she studied for her doctoral degree in biology at the University of California, Riverside. From June 2017 to June 2019, she served as the Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate. Engle is the author of many children's books and has won several awards. Engle’s writing has appeared in the Atlanta Review, Bilingual Review, California Quarterly, Caribbean Writer, and elsewhere. She has received a San Diego Book Award, Willow Review Poetry Award, Jane Addams Award, Claudia Lewis Poetry Award, the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature, and she was a CINTAS fellow. Engle lives in central California and has taught agronomy at California State Polytechnic University. Source