Esmeralda Santiago, Author, Editor and Documentary Filmmaker

Happy Birthday to author, editor and documentary filmmaker Esmeralda Santiago, born on May 17, 1948 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Santiago immigrated to the US with her family when she was 11 years old.  She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Santiago’s writings capture the emotional, psychological and intellectual conflicts of human beings living in two cultural worlds.  In her book, “When I was Puerto Rican”, she wrote, “I was told I was no longer Puerto Rican because my Spanish was rusty, my gaze too direct, my personality too assertive … Yet in the United States, my darkness, my accented speech, my frequent lapses into confused silence between English and Spanish identified me as foreign, non-American.”  Her books include “América’s Dream”, “Almost a Woman”, and “Conquistadora”.
Feliz cumpleaños a la autora, editora y documentalista Esmeralda Santiago, nacida el 17 de mayo de 1948 en Santurce, Puerto Rico. Santiago emigró a los Estados Unidos con su familia cuando tenía 11 años. Se graduó magna cum laude de la Universidad de Harvard y obtuvo su MFA en Sarah Lawrence College. Los escritos de Santiago capturan los conflictos emocionales, psicológicos e intelectuales de los seres humanos que viven en dos mundos culturales. En su libro, “Cuando era puertorriqueña”, escribió, “Me dijeron que ya no era puertorriqueña porque mi español era oxidado, mi mirada demasiado directa, mi personalidad demasiado asertiva … Sin embargo, en los Estados Unidos, mi oscuridad, mi habla con acento, mis frecuentes lapsus en el confuso silencio entre el inglés y el español me identificaron como extranjero, no estadounidense “. Sus libros incluyen “El sueño de América”, “Casi una mujer” y “Conquistadora”.

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