Giannina Braschi

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Giannina Braschi (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 5 February 1953) is a Puerto Rican poet, novelist, and scholar.[1][2] Her best-known books are Empire of Dreams, Yo-Yo Boing!, and United States of Banana.

Life[change | change source]

Giannina Braschi was a model, singer, and tennis champion in her childhood.[3] Her family imported cars to Puerto Rico.[2] She studied literature and philosophy in Madrid, Rome, London, Paris, and New York. She has a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature. She taught at Rutgers University. Her life's work is the subject of the book "Poets, Philosophers, Lovers: On the Writings of Giannina Braschi".[4]

She is also an activist. She advocates for the independence of Puerto Rico from the United States.[5]

She lives in New York City.

Works[change | change source]

Giannina Braschi writes in Spanish, Spanglish, and English.[6] She writes about love, creativity, immigration, and liberty. She is "one of the most revolutionary" writers in Latin America today."[6][7][8] The word "revolutionary" means to her style is very creative. She also writes about revolution.[9]

She wrote the poetry epic Empire of Dreams (1988) about New York City. Her poetry has humor and vitality.[2] She wrote the first Spanglish novel Yo-Yo Boing! (1998). Spanglish is a mix of the English and Spanish languages. She wrote the novel United States of Banana (2011) about terrorism in the United States. The novel is about the fall of the World Trade Center in 2001.[10][11]

Her books have been turned into art books, photography, painting, and sculpture. There is a comic book of United States of Banana (2017) by the Swedish cartoonist Joakim Lindengren.[12] The same book was turned into a play.[13]

Awards[change | change source]

She has won awards from National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Ford Foundation, Danforth, and Reed Foundations, Puerto Rican Institute of Culture, and PEN American Center, among others.[6]

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  1. Poets, Academy of American. "About Giannina Braschi | Academy of American Poets". poets.org. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Giannina Braschi". Biographical Dictionary - s9.com. 2015-08-08. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  3. "52 Weeks / 52 Interviews: Week 34: Giannina Braschi – MONKEYBICYCLE". Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  4. ivetteromero (2020-08-17). "Forthcoming—"Poets, Philosophers, Lovers: On the Writings of Giannina Braschi"". Repeating Islands. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  5. "Puerto Rico: 'I Took Liberties' – World Policy". Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Giannina Braschi". PEN America. 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  7. "Giannina Braschi: 2012 National Book Festival". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  8. "Giannina Braschi". World Literature Today. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  9. Poets, philosophers, lovers: on the Writings of Giannina Braschi. Aldama, Frederick Luis, 1969-, O'Dwyer, Tess,. Pittsburgh, Pa. pp. 5–15. ISBN 978-0-8229-4618-2. OCLC 1143649021.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. Remeseira, @HispanicNewYork, Claudio Iván (2013-08-25). "Summer reads: brilliant takes on Nuyoricans, random murder and narco-literatura". NBC Latino. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  11. Perisic, Alexandra,. Precarious crossings : immigration, neoliberalism, and the Atlantic. Columbus. ISBN 978-0-8142-1410-7. OCLC 1096294244.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  12. Sheeran, Amy; Smith, Amanda M. (2018-06-25). "A Graphic Revolution: Talking Poetry & Politics with Giannina Braschi". Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures. 2 (2): 130–142. ISSN 2472-4521.
  13. Felix, Juan Pablo. "Theater play: United States of Banana". www.google.com. Retrieved 2020-09-17.