About Marlena Maduro Baraf

 I am an immigrant American who's fallen into the soup. I love words that illustrate different perspectives. Hybrid. Hyphenated. Bilingual. Multicultural. Blend. Compound. Synthesis. They point to the richness that is possible with human groups. So I'm set on interviewing many of the Latinos that I meet. You can find a collage of Latinos in the USA in my Soy/Somos essays.

My memoir, At the Narrow Waist of the World, shows the incredible power that community and extended families can have in sustaining young people in trouble. Ultimately, it's about leaving  home and country to discover who I will be. The book is forthcoming in the fall of 2019.

I live with a funny man who keeps me laughing. 

Explore my published work and my blog, or contact me here.

 Marlena Maduro Baraf, writer