On August 10, 2017 I had the pleasure of meeting the poet María Montealegre at the Library of Congress.

She read the poetry of  Salomón de Selva and then some of her own.

Montealegre explained that de Selva was a Nicaraguan immigrant to the United States and was the first poet to write in English in his new home, making him the first Latino poet.

Montealegre then read from her collection of poems, El País de las calles sin nombre or Where the Streets Have No Name. The English translation of the title is a reference to a song by the popular band, U2.

She graciously signed and shared a copy of her book with me and I am throughly enjoying the bilingual edition as I have penned a few poems myself and I am very interested in literary translation.