12 Must-Read Latina Authors, According to Lin-Manuel Miranda


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Another day, another wonderful and encouraging Twitter post from Lin-Manuel Miranda. The recent birthday boy was asked by a fan to name “some Hispanic women authors/poets/playwrights to read in class” and the Hamilton creator went to town with suggestions. The avid reader, who often tweets entertainment news and book recommendations, had a lot of suggestions for his curious fan—and his fandom quickly chimed in with even more suggestions of great Latinx women creatives that we all simply MUST know.

Although this list of 12 Latina authors, poets and playwrights is by no means extensive, you can follow the conversation on Twitter for more ideas. Some of the suggestions that Miranda’s fans suggested include: Pam Muñoz Ryan, Isabel Quintero, Erika L. Sánchez, Daisy Hernandez, Luisa Valenzuela, Gabriela Mistra, Cherrie Moraga, Margarita Engle, Clarice Linspector, Jennine Capó Crucet, Anna-Marie McLemore, Valeria Luiselli, Rosario Castellanos, Margaux Fragoso, Gloria Anzaldua, Gloria Fuentes, Clarice Lispector, Amalia Hernandez, Yesika Salgado, and so many more.

1. Sandra Cisneros

Best known for the critically acclaimed The House on Mango Street, Cisneros is an internationally acclaimed poet and novelist and has received numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and the American Book Award.

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