Sandra Cisneros [By Selina Armenta]

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 20th 1954; she was the third of seven children all, with the exception of her, were boys. Cisneros’ parents met in Chicago, Illinois and after getting married lived in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city.

Sandra attended Josephinum Academy, a Catholic all-girls school, for high school; there she received support and help writing short poems. Although throughout elementary, middle and high school, she wrote poems she claims that she didn’t really start writing until 1974, when she was in college. Later in 1976 Cisneros was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University Chicago and two years later she received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.

In 1978, after college, Sandra worked at the Latino Youth Alternative High School in a Chicano barrio where she taught high school dropouts and became very inspired as she learned more about the many challenges the Latino Youth faced. In 1984, after the publication of The House on Mango Street, Cisneros began teaching creative writing at prestigious institutions such as the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Michigan, and Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, (Bad Boys (1980), The House on Mango Street(1984), My Wicked Wicked Ways (1987), Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991)Loose Woman (1994) Hairs = Pelitos (1994), Caramello (2002), Sandra Cisneros has been the recipient of numerous awards, and has become a highly appreciated and influential Mexican-American writer and role model for many.

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