Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Baltimore with poet and novelist Giannina Braschi who will read new work about the Latinx experience in the Trump era, as a sequel to her sardonic and theatrical work "United States of Banana". She is best known for the poetry epic “Empire of Dreams”, the Spanglish classic “Yo-Yo Boing!”, and the 911 dramatic novel “United States of Banana”.
Giannina Braschi has been called “one of the most revolutionary voices in Latin American literature” by PEN and the United States Library of Congress. 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. 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. She has published radical manifestos on the creative processes of poetry.