Jennine Capó Crucet

Cindy Seip

Cuban American writer Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of the essay collection My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education and the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, and is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She 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 Capó Crucet, Richard Blanco, Ana Menéndez, 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.