Writer of Color: Sandra Cisneros

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Quick Facts on Writer of Color Sandra Cisneros

  • Born December 20, 1954
  • Writes novels, short stories and poetry
  • Spent time between Mexico and the US
  • Currently lives in San Antonio, Texas

Biography of Writer of Color Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros identifies as Mexican American. She is the only daughter to a family of six boys. She grew up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Chicago. In order to support the family, Cisneros’s father moved the family between Mexico and Chicago, over and over again. This cycle caused Sandra Cisneros to feel like she was torn between two countries and two places all the time, a popular theme in her writing.

Sandra Cisneros was close to her mother, who encouraged her to seek out opportunities in education and other activities in order to challenge and break away from the male-dominated household.

Cisneros received her bachelors from Loyola University Chicago in 1976. She also received her MFA in Creative Writing from Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1978.

In 1995, she founded the Maconda Writers Workshop, named after the fictional town in One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The workshop aims to connect advanced writers with social engagements for the betterment of community through social-conscious causes.

Before You Read Writer of Color Sandra Cisneros

Cisneros writes about Mexican heritage, feminism, feminine sexuality, dual identity and diversity issues.

Using the constructs of Mexican and American cultures, Cisneros navigates the overlap areas–the transfusions of values and cross-contamination of ideas and priorities, and how these young Latina women negotiate and maneuver these complex and moving grey zones.

Quotes from Writer of Color Sandra Cisneros

“I’ve put up with too much, too long, and now I’m just too intelligent, too powerful, too beautiful, too sure of who I am finally to deserve anything less.”

 “We need to write because so many of our stories are not being heard. Where could they be heard in this era of fear and media monopolies? Writing allows us to transform what has happened to us and to fight back against what’s hurting us. While not everyone is an author, everyone is a writer and I think that the process of writing is deeply spiritual and liberatory.”

“I am obsessed with becoming a woman comfortable in her skin.”

“If you know two cultures and two languages, that intermediate place, where the two don’t perfectly meet, is really interesting.”

“’Hispanic’ is English for a person of Latino origin who wants to be accepted by the white status quo. ‘Latino’ is the word we have always used for ourselves.”

 Works by Writer of Color Sandra Cisneros

1980 Bad Boys

1984 The House on Mango Street

1991 Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

1994 Hairs = Pelitos

2002 Caramelo

2011 Bravo Bruno

2012 Have You Seen Marie?

2015 A House of My Own


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