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”.

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