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General Information

Name:  Sandra Cisneros  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: December 20, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois

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Cisneros was born in Chicago and attended and graduated from Loyola University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sandra Cisneros is a Latina author and poet best known for her novel ''The House on Mango Street''. She is also the author of ''Caramelo'', ''Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories'', ''My Wicked Wicked Ways'' and a collection of poems titled, ''Loose Woman''. Her books and poetry have been translated into over a dozen languages. Much of her writing is influenced by her Mexican heritage. She has also contributed to many periodicals. Cisneros currently resides in Mexico.


'The House on Mango Street '

American Book Award, Columbus Foundation, 1985

'Caramelo '

Notable book of the Year, The New York Times

Notable book of the Year, Los Angeles Times

Notable book of the Year, San Francisco Chronicle

Notable book of the Year, Chicago Tribune

Notable book of the Year, Seattle Times

Premio Napoli Award, 2005

'Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories '

PEN Center West Award for Best Fiction, l99l

Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award

Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

Lannan Foundation Literary Award

Noteworthy Book of the Year, The New York Times

Noteworthy Book of the Year, American Library Journal

'Loose Woman '

Mountains & Plains Booksellers' Award

Other Awards and Honors

Fuller Award for her lifetime contribution to literature, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2021

MacArthur Fellowship

Chicago’s Fifth Star Award

PEN America Literary Award

PEN/Nabokov Award for International Literature

National Medal for the Arts

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) '''Please contact Sandra through her agent ''' Susan Bergholz Literary Services 17 West 10th Street # 5 New York, New York 10011 212-387-0545

Selected Titles At Your Library

A house of my own :
ISBN: 038535133X. OCLC Number: 907060041

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"From the beloved author of The House on Mango Street: a richly illustrated compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that, taken together, form a jigsaw autobiography: an intimate album of a literary legend's life and career. From the Chicago neighborhoods where she grew up and set her groundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico, in a region where "my ancestors lived for centuries," the places Sandra Cisneros has lived have provided inspiration for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. But a house of her own, where she could truly take root, has eluded her. With this collection--spanning nearly three decades, and including never-before-published work--Cisneros has come home at last. Ranging from the private (her parents' loving and tempestuous marriage) to the political (a rallying cry for one woman's liberty in Sarajevo) to the literary (a tribute to Marguerite Duras), and written with her trademark sensitivity and honesty, these poignant, unforgettable pieces give us not only her most transformative memories but also a revelation of her artistic and intellectual influences. Here is an exuberant, deeply moving celebration of a life in writing lived to the fullest--an important milestone in a storied career"--

Caramelo, or, Puro cuento :
ISBN: 0679435549. OCLC Number: 49259927

Knopf,. .

During her family's annual car trip from Chicago to Mexico City, Lala Reyes listens to stories about her family, including her grandmother, the descendant of a renowned dynasty of shawl makers, whose magnificent striped shawl has come into Lala's possession.

Hairs =
ISBN: 0679890076. OCLC Number: 29258573

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A girl describes how each person in the family has hair that looks and acts different, Papa's like a broom, Kiki's like fur, and Mama's with the sweet smell of bread before it's baked.

Have you seen Marie? /
ISBN: 0307597946. OCLC Number: 769425258

Alfred A. Knopf,. .

"The word "orphan" might not seem to apply to a fifty-three-year-old woman. Yet this is exactly how Sandra feels as she finds herself motherless, alone like "a glove left behind at the bus station." What just might save her is her search for someone else gone missing: Marie, the black-and-white cat of her friend, Roz, who ran off the day they arrived from Tacoma. As Sandra and Roz scour the streets of San Antonio, posting flyers and asking everywhere, "Have you seen Marie?" the pursuit of this one small creature takes on unexpected urgency and meaning."--Jacket.

Loose woman :
ISBN: 0679755276. OCLC Number: 32323997

Vintage,. .

A selection of poetry dealing with the Mexican American psyche.

My wicked, wicked ways /
ISBN: 0679418210. OCLC Number: 25872412

Turtle Bay Books,. .

A collection of poetry attests to the author's original passion and reveals her talent for employing the precision and musicality of language in verses both comic and sad.

The house on Mango Street /
ISBN: 0679734775. OCLC Number: 22626478

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The story of a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago. Capturing her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories, she is able to rise above hopelessness and create a quiet space for herself in the midst of her oppressive surroundings.

Vintage Cisneros /
ISBN: 1400034051. OCLC Number: 54075616

Vintage Books,. .

One of the most beloved of contemporary American writers, Sandra Cisneros evokes her own Latina experience and makes it universally accessible in excerpts from the novels The House on Mango Street and Caramelo; a generous selection of poems from the collections My Wicked Wicked Ways and Loose Woman; and eight stores from "Woman Hollering Creek."

Woman hollering creek, and other stories /
ISBN: 0679738568. OCLC Number: 22662291

Random House,. .

A tour-de-force second collection (after The House on Mango Street, 1989--not reviewed) by a Chicana poet who writes of life in Southwest border towns. Cisneros's tactile prose brings to vibrant being the sights, smells, joys, and heartaches of growing up female in a culture where women are both strong and victimized, men are unfaithful, and poverty is mitigated only by family, community, and religious ties. Despite hardship, the spirit remains vital, whether as children taking pleasure in a bed shared with sisters ("My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn"), playing with charred, fire-sale Barbie dolls ("Barbie-Q"), or running up and down the aisles of an old movie house ("Mexican Movies")--or as young women stealing love in dark places at too high a price ("One Holy Night" and the title story). These women lead hard but passionate lives, perhaps none more so than the wife of a Mexican general whose story unfolds in the extraordinarily evocative "Eyes of Zapata." It begins "I put my nose to your eyelashes. The skin of the eyelids as soft as the skin of the penis. . . . For the moment I don't want to think of your past nor your future. For now you are here, you are mine." Catholicism is another force operating here, brought alive in the ex votos of "Little Miracles, Kept Promises," and the smart-alecky "Auguiano Religious Articles Rosaries Statues." A collection that heralds a powerfully original talent--all the more appreciated given the all-too-often carbon-copy feel of much of today's fiction.