About Marlena Maduro Baraf
When I meet people I look for the things that make them unique. Also, of course, for the things that we share. 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 among 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 power that community and extended families can have in sustaining young people in trouble. Ultimately, it’s about leaving home and country to find a stronger me.
I live in New York with a very funny man who keeps me laughing.