Sandra Cisneros is a Mexican-American novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist whose work explores the lives of the working-class.
Her classic, coming-of-age novel, The House on Mango Street, has sold over six million copies, been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the United States. Her other books include Woman Hollering Creek (short stories), A House of My Own (essays), Caramelo (novel), Hairs/Pellitos (children’s book), Loose Woman (poetry) and My Wicked Wicked Ways.
Her numerous awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and the National Medal of Arts presented to her by President Obama. In 2019, she won the PEN/Nabokov Award for international literature.
Cisneros founded two non-profits to foster careers of aspiring and emerging writers: the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. She is the organizer of Los MacArturos, a group of community activists who are Latino MacArthur fellows.
Sandra Cisneros is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico and currently lives in San Miguel de Allende.
Dr. Margarita E. Pignataro joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming in 2016. As a faculty member of the School of Culture, Gender and Social Justice, she teaches courses for the Latina/o Studies Program and English Department.
Having explored Sandra Cisneros’s book, The House on Mango Street, in both Spanish and English, with her students at Whitman College, Syracuse University and University of Wyoming, Dr. Pignataro invites everyone to learn more about the insightful award winning author and the rich culture found in the works of Sandra Cisneros.
Welcome to an engaging event from Cisneros’s home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to yours. (The threads of stories connect us all. ♥)
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