Elisa Baena is a writer and audio producer based in Miami, FL. Her abuela Ambarina, who was named after a character in a novela, prophesized that Elisa would become a writer because of her very extra storytelling style as a child. Before her fellowship at Latino USA, she earned a bachelor’s in English with a concentration in creative writing from the University of Miami. Her college dance team participated (stood on the field) in JLo and Shakira’s Super Bowl halftime show. Elisa’s reporting on culture, politics and music has appeared on NPR, Refinery29 and WLRN.