Born in Costa Rica in 1940, Juan Antillón is one of the most important Latin American poets whose works have garnered some of the region’s most coveted poetry prizes. His book-long poem Isla was awarded two of the most prestigious literary prizes: the Ramón del Valle Inclán Prize for Latin American Literature sponsored by EDUCA, the Editorial Universitaria Centroamericana, the Insitituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana and the Instituto de Cultura Hispánica, and later the “Aquileo J. Echeverría” National Prize for Costa Rican Literature in 1988. His poems have appeared in numerous journals in the U.S.A. and Europe. He has also been anthologized in Prayers for a Thousand Years (HarperCollins 2000). Isla, his book-long poem, is forthcoming from Brown Turtle Press.