Puerto Rican Author Marisel Vera on the Meaning of Home After a Hurricane

‘The Taste of Sugar’ showcases love after the U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico in 1898

Marisel Vera. Photo: Wes Carrasquillo

“I think a lot of editors only want a fluffy love story about Puerto Rico. If I had been a White woman writing about Puerto Rico, I think it would’ve been a lot easier.”

“There are so many misconceptions about Puerto Rico. Many people in the U.S. don’t understand that Puerto Ricans cannot vote in the general presidential elections [they can in the primaries].”

Alicia Ramírez is a New York-based writer covering theatre, identity, and culture.

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