NW Quadrant, West of Rock Creek, Diplomats, Female, Journalists, Latino, Major Literary Awardees

Blanca Varela
(August 10, 1926 - March 12, 2009)

1928 35th Pl. NW, Burleith neighborhood, DC.

Varela is one of the best-known women poets of Peru. She published nine books of poems, including Ese puerto existe (1959), Luz de día (1963), Camino a Babel (1986), and El falso teclado (2001). In 2001, she was awarded the prestigious Premio Octavio Paz.

While living in DC, from 1957 to 1960, Varela wrote journalism and did translations.