Puerto Rican Author and Poet

Giannina Braschi is the author of Empire of Dreams, Yo-Yo Boing! and United States of Banana.

PEN called Braschi “one of the most revolutionary voices” in Latin American Literature today.

Her work is a hybrid of poetry, fiction, theater, and political philosophy. She writes in Spanish, Spanglish, and English on far-ranging subjects—from immigration, economy, and colonialism—to love, liberty, and creativity.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Braschi was a fashion model, singer, and tennis champion in her teen years. She studied literature in Madrid, Rome, London, and Rouen before settling in New York City. With a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures from State University of New York, Stony Brook, she taught at Rutgers University, City University of New York, and Colgate University. She has published on Cervantes, Garcilaso, Machado, Lorca, and Bécquer.

A Literature Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, Braschi has won awards/grants from Ford Foundation, Danforth Scholarship, New York Foundation for the Arts, Reed Foundation, InterAmericas, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Rutgers, and PEN. Artists have adapted her texts into experimental theater, art films, music, photography, painting, sculpture, lithography, and graphic novel.


She is the subject of Poets, Philosophers, Lovers: on the Writings of Giannina Braschi, a collection of essays edited by Frederick Luis Aldama and Tess O’Dwyer, with a preface by Ilan Stavans. (University of Pittsburgh Press)