Latinx poet and radical thinker Giannina Braschi is the award-winning author of Empire of Dreams, Yo-Yo Boing!, and United States of Banana.
The United States Library of Congress describes her life’s work as “cutting-edge, influential and even revolutionary.”
Her subjects range from love, liberty, inspiration, and creativity to economy, immigration, incarceration, decolonization, and revolution.
Born in San Juan and based in Manhattan, Braschi writes cross-genre works that are structural hybrids of poetry, fiction, essay, theater, manifesto, and political philosophy.
With a PhD in Hispanic Literatures from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, Braschi taught at Rutgers University, Colgate University, and City University of New York.
This Latinx poet has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Danforth Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Puerto Rican Institute for Culture, Rutgers University, PEN America, Cambio 16 in Madrid, and the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE). Her scholarly publications include a book on the Spanish Romantic poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer and essays on Miguel de Cervantes, Garcilaso de la Vega, Antonio Machado, and Federico García Lorca.
Her life’s work in vanguard literature and radical thinking is the subject of “Poets, Philosophers, Lovers: On the Writings of Giannina Braschi”, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama and Tess O’Dwyer. Library Journal recommends her work for “fans of philosophical fiction such as Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra”.
Called “one of the most innovative writers of our time” by El Centro, Braschi has influenced a new generation of artists, writers, and makers. Her texts have been widely adapted to other art forms, spanning comics/graphic novel, chamber music, theater play, painting, sculpture, urban planning, and industrial design.
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“I am always looking for originality. And originality is going back to the origin and finding an empty chair. Would you gladly sit on it? No thank you. It is empty for a reason. That’s where my ass was. Not where my head is now.”Giannina Braschi
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