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Esmeralda Santiago

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Award-Winning Author & Documentary Filmmaker

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Esmeralda Santiago grew up in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico in a one room shack with a dirt floor and tin roof. Her family moved to New York when she was thirteen years old. The eldest of eleven, Esmeralda learned English from children’s books in a Brooklyn library. A teacher encouraged her to audition for Performing Arts High School, where she majored in drama and dance. After eight years of part time study at community colleges, Esmeralda transferred to Harvard University with a full scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1976. Shortly after graduation, she and her husband Frank Cantor founded CANTOMEDIA, a film and media production company that has won numerous awards for excellence in educational and documentary filmmaking.

With the publication of her first memoir When I was Puerto Rican, the Washington Post hailed Esmeralda as “a welcome new voice, full of passion and authority.” Her first novel, America's Dream, has been published in six languages and made into a movie by executive producer Edward James Olmos.

Her second memoir, Almost a Woman, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association, and was made into a Peabody-award winning movie for PBS Masterpiece Theatre’s “American Collection.” Esmeralda Santiago is the only living author in this prestigious collection, which also dramatized works by James Agee, Willa Cather, Langston Hughes, Eudora Welty and Henry James.

Esmeralda earned a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and Honorary Doctorates from Trinity College, Pace University, Metropolitan College in NYC and University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.

She is a spokesperson on behalf of public libraries; has designed and developed community programs for adolescents at risk; and was a founder of DOVE, a regional shelter for battered women and their children. Esmeralda has served on the boards of many arts organizations including the Jacob Burns Film Center, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and PEN American Center. She is passionate about the need to encourage and support the artistic development of young people with storytelling and media literacy.

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Conquistadora

Conquistadora

When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

A Doll For Navidades

A Doll For Navidades

The Turkish Lover: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

The Turkish Lover: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories

Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories

Almost a Woman

Almost a Woman

Speaking Topics
  • Creating a Life

    Approachable and sympathetic, Santiago engages audiences as she weaves stories from her eclectic life: how she learned English, her years of part-time study in community colleges, transfer to and graduation from Harvard University, years as a small business owner, and rise as an author of powerful, life affirming memoirs and novels. Santiago's Q&A sessions often bring testimony from listeners. Laughter and tears commingle in her inspirational presentations.

  • Stroke by Stroke

    Santiago was in the middle of writing her latest, and most challenging work, Conquistadora, when she had a stroke that left her unable to comprehend what she read or wrote. In this moving presentation, Santiago describes how, on her own, she re-learned to read and write in English and in Spanish so that she could finish her book.

  • Writing a Life

  • When I Was Puerto Rican

  • Bi-lingual Dreamer

FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK Esmeralda Santiago?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Esmeralda Santiago for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Esmeralda Santiago, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Esmeralda Santiago or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Esmeralda Santiago?

    Booking fees for Esmeralda Santiago, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Esmeralda Santiago, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Esmeralda Santiago?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Esmeralda Santiago for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Esmeralda Santiago for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Esmeralda Santiago or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Esmeralda Santiago or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Esmeralda Santiago

4 out of 5

Award-Winning Author & Documentary Filmmaker

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Esmeralda Santiago Biography

Esmeralda Santiago grew up in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico in a one room shack with a dirt floor and tin roof. Her family moved to New York when she was thirteen years old. The eldest of eleven, Esmeralda learned English from children’s books in a Brooklyn library. A teacher encouraged her to audition for Performing Arts High School, where she majored in drama and dance. After eight years of part time study at community colleges, Esmeralda transferred to Harvard University with a full scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1976. Shortly after graduation, she and her husband Frank Cantor founded CANTOMEDIA, a film and media production company that has won numerous awards for excellence in educational and documentary filmmaking.

With the publication of her first memoir When I was Puerto Rican, the Washington Post hailed Esmeralda as “a welcome new voice, full of passion and authority.” Her first novel, America's Dream, has been published in six languages and made into a movie by executive producer Edward James Olmos.

Her second memoir, Almost a Woman, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association, and was made into a Peabody-award winning movie for PBS Masterpiece Theatre’s “American Collection.” Esmeralda Santiago is the only living author in this prestigious collection, which also dramatized works by James Agee, Willa Cather, Langston Hughes, Eudora Welty and Henry James.

Esmeralda earned a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and Honorary Doctorates from Trinity College, Pace University, Metropolitan College in NYC and University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.

She is a spokesperson on behalf of public libraries; has designed and developed community programs for adolescents at risk; and was a founder of DOVE, a regional shelter for battered women and their children. Esmeralda has served on the boards of many arts organizations including the Jacob Burns Film Center, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and PEN American Center. She is passionate about the need to encourage and support the artistic development of young people with storytelling and media literacy.

Esmeralda Santiago Videos

  • Esmeralda Santiago - Texas Conference for Women
    "History does not happen. We make it happen by creating who we are." Keynote Esmeralda Santiago, award-winning author and filmmaker at the Nov. 19,...
  • Esmeralda Santiago: 2011 National Book Festival
    Esmeralda Santiago appears at the 2011 National Book Festival.
  • Conversation: Esmeralda Santiago, Author of 'Conquistadora'
    Set in the 1800's, Esmeralda Santiago's epic novel, "Conquistadora", tells two coming-of-age stories: one of its heroine, Ana Cubillas, the daughter...

Esmeralda Santiago Books

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Esmeralda Santiago Speaking Topics

  • Creating a Life

    Approachable and sympathetic, Santiago engages audiences as she weaves stories from her eclectic life: how she learned English, her years of part-time study in community colleges, transfer to and graduation from Harvard University, years as a small business owner, and rise as an author of powerful, life affirming memoirs and novels. Santiago's Q&A sessions often bring testimony from listeners. Laughter and tears commingle in her inspirational presentations.

  • Stroke by Stroke

    Santiago was in the middle of writing her latest, and most challenging work, Conquistadora, when she had a stroke that left her unable to comprehend what she read or wrote. In this moving presentation, Santiago describes how, on her own, she re-learned to read and write in English and in Spanish so that she could finish her book.

  • Writing a Life

  • When I Was Puerto Rican

  • Bi-lingual Dreamer

FAQs on booking Esmeralda Santiago

  • How to book Esmeralda Santiago?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Esmeralda Santiago for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Esmeralda Santiago, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Esmeralda Santiago or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Esmeralda Santiago?

    Booking fees for Esmeralda Santiago, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Esmeralda Santiago, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Esmeralda Santiago?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Esmeralda Santiago for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Esmeralda Santiago for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Esmeralda Santiago or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Esmeralda Santiago or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Esmeralda Santiago is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Esmeralda Santiago for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Esmeralda Santiago generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Anna Escobedo Cabral, Maria Echaveste, J.R. Martinez, Linda Chavez and Leslie Sanchez. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Esmeralda Santiago for an upcoming event.

Esmeralda Santiago Speaker Videos

  • Esmeralda Santiago - Texas Conference for Women
    "History does not happen. We make it happen by creating who we are." Keynote Esmeralda Santiago, award-winning author and filmmaker at the Nov. 19, 2013 Texas Conference for Women.
    Esmeralda Santiago: 2011 National Book Festival
    Esmeralda Santiago appears at the 2011 National Book Festival.
  • Conversation: Esmeralda Santiago, Author of 'Conquistadora'
    Set in the 1800's, Esmeralda Santiago's epic novel, "Conquistadora", tells two coming-of-age stories: one of its heroine, Ana Cubillas, the daughter of Spanish aristocrats who becomes head of a...

Esmeralda Santiago Speaking Topics

  • Creating a Life

    Approachable and sympathetic, Santiago engages audiences as she weaves stories from her eclectic life: how she learned English, her years of part-time study in community colleges, transfer to and graduation from Harvard University, years as a small business owner, and rise as an author of powerful, life affirming memoirs and novels. Santiago's Q&A sessions often bring testimony from listeners. Laughter and tears commingle in her inspirational presentations.

  • Stroke by Stroke

    Santiago was in the middle of writing her latest, and most challenging work, Conquistadora, when she had a stroke that left her unable to comprehend what she read or wrote. In this moving presentation, Santiago describes how, on her own, she re-learned to read and write in English and in Spanish so that she could finish her book.

  • Writing a Life

  • When I Was Puerto Rican

  • Bi-lingual Dreamer

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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