Giannina Braschi is the author of the poetry epic Empire of Dreams, the Spanglish novel Yo-Yo Boing! and the dramatic novel United States of Banana. She writes in Spanish, Spanglish, and English to express the enculturation process of millions of Hispanic immigrants in the U.S.—and to explore the three political options of her native Puerto Rico—nation, colony, or state. She holds a PhD in the Spanish Golden Age and has taught at Rutgers, Colgate, and City University. She has published on Cervantes, Garcilaso, Lorca, Machado, Vallejo, and Bécquer. She is a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, and has won awards and grants from NY Foundation for the Arts, El Diario la prensa, PEN American Center, Ford Foundation, Reed Foundation, Rutgers University, Danforth Scholarship, and Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. Braschi dedicates her life’s work to inspiring personal and political liberation.
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