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Sandra Cisneros
Sandra Cisneros' work gives voice to working-class Latino and Latina life in America.

Ray Santisteban
Sandra Cisneros is a novelist, poet, short story writer, and essayist whose work gives voice to working-class Latino and Latina life in America. Her lyrical, realistic work blends aspects of "high" and popular culture. Her novel THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET (1983), a series of vignettes told from the perspective of a young girl growing up in Chicago, is required reading in schools across the country.

WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK AND OTHER STORIES (1991), a collection of short stories, won the PEN Center West Award for Best Fiction and other awards. Cisneros is also the author of three volumes of poetry: BAD BOYS (1980), MY WICKED WICKED WAYS (1987), and LOOSE WOMAN (1994). Her other works include HAIRS/PELITOS (1994), a childrenŐs book; CARAMELO (2002), a novel; and VINTAGE CISNEROS (2003), a compilation of her works.

In 1995 Cisneros was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and subsequently organized the Latino MacArthur Fellows, Los MacArturos, into a reunion focusing on community outreach. Most recently she was awarded the Texas Medal of the Arts, 2003.

Born December 20th, 1954, in Chicago, Cisneros received her B.A. (1976) from Loyola University and her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa (1978). She has worked as a teacher to high school dropouts, a poet-in-the-schools, a college recruiter, an arts administrator, and as a visiting writer at a number of universities across the country. Her work has been featured in major periodicals including THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, THE NEW YORKER, GLAMOUR, ELLE, MS., STORY, GRAND STREET, and THE VILLAGE VOICE.

Biography and photograph of Sandra Cisneros are provided by Susan Bergholz Literary Services and are used with permission.

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