The Women’s Resource Center at Cal State San Bernardino will present, “A Reading with Sandra Cisneros,” in the Santos Manuel Student Union’s Events Center on Tuesday, April 24, from noon-2 p.m.
The free event is open to the public and is co-sponsored in partnership with CSUSB’s English department’s master of fine arts program, its Felix G. Valdez Creative Writing program, the Pfau Library and the department of ethnic studies. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
Cisneros is a world-renowned writer and poet, and is regarded as a key figure in Chicana literature. Best known for her acclaimed novel, “The House on Mango Street,” and her subsequent short story collection, “Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories,” she draws from her own experiences growing up in a dual cultural context and economic inequalities.
Cisneros’ work deals with the formation of Chicana identity, exploring the challenges of experiencing poverty and of being caught between Mexican and Anglo-American cultures, facing the misogynist attitudes present in both these cultures. Although her writing focuses on the Chicana experience, her work has transcended barriers and has reached readers worldwide.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship awards and the Chicano Short Story Award from the University of Arizona.
Acclaimed for her social critique and powerful prose style, Cisneros has achieved recognition far beyond Chicano and Latino communities, to the extent that “The House on Mango Street” has been translated worldwide into more than a dozen languages, including Spanish, Galician, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Norwegian, Japanese, Chinese and Turkish, among others. Her writings are taught in American classrooms as coming-of-age novels.
Cisneros obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola University of Chicago and a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She has also received two honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees: one from Loyola University, Chicago and one from State University of New York.
For more information about the poetry reading, contact Yasmin Wheelock at the CSUSB Women’s Resource Center at (909) 537-7203.
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