Giannina Braschi wrote the poetry epic “Empire of Dreams”, the Spanglish classic “Yo-Yo Boing!”, and the 911 dramatic novel “United States of Banana” which was produced as a play and a comic book. Braschi has been called “one of the most revolutionary voices in Latin American literature” by PEN and the United States Library of Congress. She writes in Spanish, Spanglish, and English to explore the enculturation processes of Latin American immigrants and to dramatize the political options of her native Puerto Rico: nation, colony, or state. With a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature, she taught literature and creative writing at Rutgers University, City University of New York, and Colgate University. She is a Fellow of National Endowment for the Arts and has won grants/awards from New York Foundation for the Arts, Ford Foundation, Danforth Scholarship, PEN American Center, and Puerto Rican Institute for Culture, among others. he has published scholarship on Cervantes, Garcilaso, Bécquer, Machado, and Lorca, as well as manifestos on the creative processes of poetry.
This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, CLA Dean’s Office, Foreign Languages and Department of English. Please direct any questions to Dr. Anne Ashbaugh at 410-704-2750 or [email protected].
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