With her fiction and poetry, Sandra Cisneros has been an important part of introducing the modern Hispanic American experience to our national literature. With her distinctive, rhythmic style, she has brought us stories of Mexican heritage and American cultural enclaves.
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San Antonio, Texas
Date of Birth:
December 20, 1954
Place of Birth:
B.A., Loyola University, 1976; M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1978
American Book Award, 1985; MacArthur Fellow, 1995
|No Need for Translation|
|In a conversation published in Interviews with Writers of the Post-Colonial World, Cisneros discussed the bilingualism in her work. Referring to her intended readers, she said, "You know who I think of? I think of a world reader. My standards are very high, and I really think of the writers I love the best. I'm trying to match them. And my favorite writers are, right now, Merce Rodoreda, Grace Paley, Juan Rulfo, Manuel Puig, Marguerite Duras -- these are my favorite writers. I'm trying to reach that world level. I think that we should always aim for that level."|
|A Cisneros Sampler||More from Cisneros|
Featuring key excerpts, essays, and other supplemental materials, this helpful introductory reader is a great way to get started on exploring Cisneros's body of work.
|Loose Woman: Poems|
In the interim between novels, Cisneros has published two poetry collections and the story collection Woman Hollering Creek. Cisneros uses her poetry to explore, comically and perceptively, relationships and sensuality. In her stories, she offers multiple Chicana voices.
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