Esmeralda Santiago

Esmeralda SantiagoSeptember 2015

Author & Documentary Filmmaker

Esmeralda Santiago is a woman of many talents.  She is a writer and producer of documentary and educational films, an acclaimed author and an active volunteer on both a local and national level.

Ms. Santiago’s career began shortly after she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1976.  In 1977, she founded CANTOMEDIA, a production company, with her husband, Frank Cantor.  CANTOMEDIA has won many awards for excellence in documentary filmmaking.  Ms. Santiago’s writing career began as a result of writing for her documentary and educational films.  She has since gone on to write essays and opinion pieces for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Metropolitan Home, and Sports Illustrated, to name a few publications.  She has also provided guest commentary on “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” on National Public Radio.  She has written three memoirs, When I was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman, and The Turkish Lover, all of which received critical praise.  She has also written a children’s book, titled, A Doll for Navidades.

In addition to her active film and writing career, Ms. Santiago has many organizations that she supports with her volunteer efforts.  She is a spokesperson for public libraries, she helped found a shelter for battered women and children, serves on the Boards of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and the Jacob Burns Film Center, and is a cultural ambassador sponsored by the State Department.

The documentary, Writing a Life, takes a personal look at Santiago’s life and creative process as a writer.

This event is not open to the public. 

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