Biography of Sandra Cisneros
Sandra Cisneros is a Mexican-American
writer. Her father Alfredo Cisneros was born in
Her mother, Elvira Cisneros, really influenced Sandra intellectually; she used to take her daughter and her six sons to the neighbourhood library, where Sandra would read for hours. A funny fact is that Sandra’s mother made sure, her daughter had her library card even before she knew how to read. In a recent interview Sandra said that when she was young, libraries were her refuge. Now, she is concerned about them closing because they can inspire other youngsters (Adelson 55).
Today, Sandra Cisneros is trying to help libraries by giving conferences and attending meetings at the Friends of Libraries U.S.A. for the purposes of assisting with fund raising. Nowadays, this prolific author is still doing community work as a fundraiser and advisor for community organizations, which means that even if she won many awards she is still close to her community. Moreover, she became a peace activist, and worked to end capital punishment. Working for the community makes her even more remarkable and admirable.
Sandra Cisneros discovered at a very
young age that she wanted writing to be part of her life. In 1972, she had her first
publication in the
In her life Sandra Cisneros received
many awards. In1982, she received her
first National Endowment for the Arts (NEA Grant);
during the same year she also worked to complete the book The House on Mango
Street, in 1984 it was published and in 1985 she received The Before Columbus Book Award. In 1987 she was given a second
NEA grant. In 1998 she was honoured with a lifetime
achievement award from the
· Bad Boys (1980)
· The Rodrigo Poems ( 1985)
· My Wicked, Wicked Ways ( 1987)
· Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991)
· Caramelo (2003)
Adelson, B.H.. Library Journal, 1/1/92, Vol. 117 Issue 1, p55, 1p, 1bw.
Brackett, V. Home in the Heart: The Story of Sandra Cisneros, 2005, p84-96, 13p, 2bw
Ganz, Robin. MELUS, Spring94, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p19, 11p
Sandra Cisneros, 207: http://www.sandracisneros.com/, November 17, 2007