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Biography Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros
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Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist and essayist whose work explores the lives of the working class. Her numerous awards include National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur fellowship, the PEN/Nabokov Award for International Literature, the National Medal of Arts, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. A new collection of poetry and its Spanish translation, “Woman Without Shame,” Cisneros’ first in 28 years, was published in 2022. Her novel “The House on Mango Street” has sold over seven million copies, has been translated into over 25 languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school and universities across the nation. “The House on Mango Street” is featured at the 2024 National Book Festival for a special celebration of its 40th anniversary.

Selected Works at the Library of Congress

Appearances at the 2024 National Book Festival