( 1947- )
Lynne Alvarez was born in Portland, Oregon, but was raised in Michigan from the time she was about five years old. After graduating from high school in Detroit, Alvarez attended the University of Michigan where she majored in Italian, Romance languages, and history. She graduated at the age of nineteen and went to Mexico where, from 1966 to 1973, she served as a newspaper reporter in Veracruz and also taught journalism and English at the university. She met her husband in Mexico.
Her experience during that very tumultuous time in Mexico politicized Alvarez. When the couple returned to the United States, she joined the Urban Coalition in Detroit and later the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund in New York.
Alvarez, who had written poetry since her childhood, moved to New York and decided to write full-time. In 1978 the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre invited her to join a playwriting workshop under the direction of Fred Hudson. During her two years in the workshop, she wrote three plays. It was through her plays that Alvarez explored her own Hispanic background. Although her parents were Argentinean, the family had suppressed their Latino background while living in the very Anglo areas of Michigan. Lynne's experience with the Hispanic culture came primarily from her residence in Mexico.
Lynne Alvarez is the author of two volumes of poetry, The Dreaming Man ( 1984) and Living with Numbers ( 1987). She lives in Cooperstown, New York, where she writes poetry and drama and translates plays by Arrabal and Tirso de Molina.