About Giannina Braschi

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 prensaPEN 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.

Contact: gbraschi@icloud.com or 917-575-2552


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  12. Hallo,
    What is the difference between Yo-Yo Boing!(1998) and Yo-Yo Boing! Spanglish Version (2011)?

    Thank you in advance for your reply!

    Kind regards

  13. hi Giannina how are you hopeall is well this is Ricki Neuman from Stockholm who very much likes your home page great pictures have a question and need your email so please send your address to neuman.ricki@gmail.com best regards from me, Marianne and Tania

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  15. Dear Ms Braschi,

    Whilst falling down a wiki hole I discovered your existence – your work sounds great!

    For once I have enough money to buy a book full price, and I have decided I will order one of yours. Sadly I can only really understand English (though I can probably decipher some spanglish), so I’m not sure whether to get United States of Banana, as your only ‘English’ novel, or to get a translated version of one of your earlier works, which frankly sounds more fun (I’m particularly interested in Yo Yo Boing :))

    Which would you recommend to start with, or alternatively, is most representative ?

    Many thanks,


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