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 community and families of any size can have in sustaining young people. It's about leaving  home and country and discovering the wider world. The book is forthcoming in the fall of 2019.

l love cats and hats; that is, of course, the Panama Hat.


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

Marlena Maduro Baraf, writer