Sandra Cisneros, CLSC Author, The House on Mango Street

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Location Hall of Philosophy

Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center; (716) 357-6250

Acclaimed by critics and beloved by readers of all ages, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. 

Few other books in our time have touched so many readers; first published in 1984, The House on Mango Street has sold over 5 million copies, has been translated into over 20 languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school and university curricula across the United States. In this book, according to the New York Times Book Review, “Cisneros draws on her rich heritage ... and seduces with precise spare prose, creating unforgettable characters we want to lift off the page. She is not only a gifted writer but an absolutely essential one.”

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, Chicago's Fifth Star Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award, in additional to the American Book Award. She is the founder of Macondo Writers Workshop and the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation. Cisneros holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.