(1966 - living) Puerto Rico - U.S.A.
Born in Puerto Rico to a family of academics in Santurce, Frances is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and scholar. She got her B.A. in 1986 at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras; the M.F.A. in 1994 at the Temple University, Philadelphia; and the A.B.D. at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., in 1997.
She is the recipient of Ford, Truman, Scripps Howard, Rockefeller, and Pew fellowships. She is the editor of two books, Shouting in a Whisper: Latino Poets in Philadelphia, and Puerto Rican Jam: Essays on Culture and Politics.
Her first collection of prose and poetry, Anatomy of a Smile and Other Poems, is published by Isla Negra Editores. Two more of her books are Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (2003) and None of the Above: Puerto Rican Culture in the New Century (2004).
Frances's films have been screened throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Latin America, as well as broadcast on many public television stations. She is currently completing two documentaries on the relationship between the military and civilians in Guam and Vieques.
She is also the founder of Miami Light Project's Filmmakers Workshop, a founding board member and current chair of NALIP, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, and the fundraiser and organizer of a yearly gathering of scholars, artists, and policy makers on Puerto Rican affairs.