Astrid Cabral is a leading Brazilian poet and environmentalist who grew up beside the Amazon River. She is the translator of Thoreau’s Walden into Portuguese. She has won a dozen literary awards in Brazil and her work has been included in over sixty anthologies. Among her twenty books are the collections Gazing Through Water, Cage, The Waiting Room, Word in the Spotlight, and Intimate Soot. Her poems have appeared in over thirty magazines in the United States, including Bitter Oleander, Catamaran, Confrontation, Dirty Goat, Osiris and Per Contra. Her book Cage, poems from the Amazon, appeared from Host Publications in 2008.