Ariel Francisco

Cindy Seip

Born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami, Ariel Francisco is the author of Under Capitalism If Your Head Aches They Just Yank Off Your Head, A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship and All My Heroes Are Broke. He is also a contributor to Home in Florida: Latinx Writers and the Literature of Uprootedness (University of Florida Press). The collection showcases what editor Anjanette Delgado calls “literatura del desarraigo,” a Spanish literary tradition. Home in Florida features fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by Francisco, Richard Blanco, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Achy Obejas, Isvett Verde, and many others. These writers – first-, second-, and third-generation immigrants to Florida from places such as Cuba, Mexico, Honduras, Perú, Argentina, and Chile – reflect the diversity of Latinx experiences across the state. Together, they explore what exactly makes Florida home for those struggling between memory and presence.