Giannina Braschi was born on February 5, 1953, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She holds a PhD in Spanish Golden Age Literature from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. She is the author of several collections of poetry including El Imperio de los Sueños (Anthropos Editorial, 1988), which was translated into English by Tess O'Dwyer as Empire of Dreams (Yale University Press, 1994); Asalto al tiempo (V. Pozanco, 1981); and La Comedia Profana (Anthropos, 1980). She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN American Center, among others. She has taught at Rutgers University, City University of New York, and Colgate University in New York.