Ruth Irupé Sanabria was born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina during a genocidal military dictatorship (1976-1984), which claimed the lives of over 30,000 people from all walks of life. Both of her parents were kidnapped, tortured and “disappeared” in clandestine concentration camps. After a 6 month disappearance her parents were transferred to separate prisons as political prisoners. She and her mother were exiled to Seattle, Washington on December 23, 1979. Sanabria grew up between Seattle, Washington and Washington DC (Mt. Pleasant and Adams Morgan). Her first collection of poetry, The Strange House Testifies (Bilingual Press), won 2nd place (Poetry) in the 2010 Annual Latino Book Awards. Her second collection of poems received the 2014 Letras Latinas/ Red Hen Press Award and will be published in 2017. Her poems have appeared in anthologies such as Women Writing Resistance and U.S. Latino Literature Today. She holds an MFA from NYU and a B.A. in English and Puerto Rican & Hispanic Caribbean Studies from Rutgers. She works as a high school English teacher and lives with her husband and three children in Perth Amboy, N.J.