Julia de Burgos, the best known female poet in Puerto Rico and one of the best of Latino America, was born on February 17th, 1917 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. De Burgos graduated from the University of Puerto Rico as a teacher. She also studied in Havana and later moved to New York. At age nineteen her first verses were published. Her best-known poem is "Río Grande de Loíza". De Burgos published several books including; Poemas Exactos de mí Misma, Poemas en Veinte Zurcos and Canción de la Verdad Sencilla. She received several honors and homenages before and after her death. De Burgos died on July 6, 1953 in New York.