Braschi would follow the professional path her ancestors laid before her. In 1966, she became the youngest female tennis champion in Puerto Rico and in 1970, left home to study literature in Madrid, Rome, London and Paris.
Her first published work was a book of poetry, "Asalto al tiempo," written in Spanish prose and published in Barcelona in 1980. Since then she has had critical essays, a novella, and more poetry published in Spanish and in 1994, the first English translation of her collected works was published in a poetry trilogy entitled "Empire of Dreams." She then went on to write "Yo-Yo Boing!," the first novel written in Spanglish which was published by Latin American Literary Review Press in 1998 and was the inaugural selection for the Yale Library of Literature in Translation.