Sandra Cisneros

SIgning books At the Waterloo Public Library


Born on December 20th, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois to Alfredo Cineros de Moral and Elvira Codero Anguiano. She was the only girl out of seven children. Her family was also constantly migrating between Mexico and The United States. Those two aspects of her life made her feel extremely isolated. She wrote about these experiences in her books.

The House On Mango Streer

Throughout the book Sandra Cisneros explores themes of cultural tradition, gender roles, and coming of age in a society that struggles to hang onto its collective past while integrating itself into the American cultural landscape. The Main character Esperanza Cordero is a teenager growing up trying to deal with these struggles. Writen while at the University Of Iowa trying to find an identity for herself as an author.


Presented the American Book Award by the Before Columbus Foundation for "The House on Mango Street"

Recieved the Frank Dobie Artists Fellowship.

Came first and second in the Segundo Concurso Nacional del Cuento Chicano, sponsored by the University of Arizona.

Received the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award.

Recieved the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

Awarded the PEN Center West Award for best fiction.

She has recieved many more awards as well


Loyola University Chicago,

Josephinum Academy

The University of Iowa~Writers Workshop in the 1970's

Works Include:

"Have You Seen Marie?"

"Vintage Cisneros"

"Loose Woman"

"The House On Mango Street"

"Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories"

"Bad Boys"

"My Wicked, Wicked Ways"

Book Signing

Saturday, May 16th 2015 at 10am-2pm

Waterloo Public Library Commercial Street, Waterloo,IA

Please come to our library for a book signing with Sandra Cisneros. She will also be reading excerpts from her books "The House On Mango Street" and "Woman Hollering Creek and Other Short Stories"