Born in Brazil, Thereza Christina Rocque da Motta works as a lawyer, English teacher, and a translator of legal and literary works. She started writing poetry at an early age and together with a group of fellow poets at the Universidade Mackenzie, published several anthologies between 1980 and 1982. At the age of 25, she published her first book, Joio & Trigo. Her dedication to both Portuguese and English languages adds yet another dimension to her poetry and makes it possible for her works to be read all over the world. For da Motta, poetry offers the means to reach out to another human being. She has been translating her own poetry, as well as others, into English since 1995. This is her first appearance at the Conference on World Affairs.