Sandra Cisneros

Photo by Ray Santisteban

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago, where she earned a BA in English from Loyola University. Her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop came in 1978. Her father, who was from Mexico, worked as an upholsterer; her mother was Mexican-American. She is the middle child  and only girl among six siblings.

Sandra has worked as a teacher and counselor to high school dropouts, as an artist-in-the schools, a college recruiter,  an arts administrator, and as a visiting writer at a number of universities including the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of  Michigan, Ann Arbor. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Awards include two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in fiction and poetry; American Book Award; Paisano Dobie fellowship; Segundo Concurso Nacional del Cuento Chicano (University of Arizona); Lannan Foundation Literary Award; H.D.L., State University of New York at Purchase; and a MacArthur fellowship.

Sandra is at work on several new books including a collection of essays, Writing in My Pajamas; Bravo, Bruno, a children’s book; Have You Seen, Marie?, a picture book for adults; a screenplay of House on Mango Street, and several other collaborative works including art projects. She is the founder of two foundations, the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation, and the Macondo Foundation, which serve creative writers.


Have You Seen Marie? (Knopf, coming fall 2012)

Vintage Cisneros (Vintage, 2004)

Caramelo (Knopf Spanish edition, Vintage Español, 2002, 2003)

Caramelo (Knopf, Vintage, 2002, 2003)

El Arroyo de la Llorona (Vintage Español, 1996)

Hairs/Pelitos (Knopf Children’s Books, 1994)

Loose Woman (Knopf, 1994,Vintage, 1995)

La Casa en Mango Street (Vintage Español, 1992, Vintage Español 25th anniversary, 2009)

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (Random House, 1991, Vintage, 1992)

My Wicked Wicked Ways (Third Woman, 1987, Random House, 1992)

The House on Mango Street (Arte Publico Press, 1984, Vintage, 1991, Knopf, 10th anniversary, 1994, Vintage 25th anniversary, 2009)

Bad Boys (Mango Press, 1980)

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