April 11, 2022 6:00 PM to 7:00 PMUptown Campus
Join us for an evening with award-winning author Sandra Cisneros. Cisneros will present selections from her recent publications, The House on Mango Street/La casa en Mango Street (translation; 2022) and Martita, I Remember You/Martita te recuerdo (2021). The readings will be followed by a moderated conversation exploring topics of identity, race and gender.
Poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, and performer, Cisneros has earned numerous awards including NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, a MacArthur Fellowship, the PEN America Literary Award, and the National Medal of Arts. More recently, she received the Ford Foundation's Art of Change Fellowship, the Fuller Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, and the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.
Published in 1984, Cisneros’s powerfully intimate story that centered the young Latinx voice and working-class experience of Esperanza Cordero made The House on Mango Street a modern classic that has become an essential coming of age text taught in elementary, high school, and universities across the United States. In her latest publication Martita, I Remember You/Martita te recuerdo, the author again meditates on the lives of women by exploring the transcendental friendships that serve to nourish us throughout our lives despite distance and time. In addition to her writing and other artistic endeavors, Cisneros has fostered the careers of many aspiring and emerging writers as the founder of two non-profit organizations: the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation.
The event, moderated by Associate Director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, Professor I. Carolina Caballero, is part of our ongoing series of public engagement programs with Latinx writers exploring Latin America, race, and identity.