Sandra Cisneros: Biography

Sandra Cisneros

20 dec 1954

Only few writers get recognised for their first work. Sandra Cisneros is one such American writer who got fame from her first novel ‘The House on Mango Street’. The novel was so successful that it got translated across the globe and is taught in all American classrooms.

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago on 20th Dec 1954. Her father Alfredo Cisneros de Moral was an upholsterer and because of his job, the family had to move to and fro from Mexico to U.S. Being the only girl with six brothers, Sandra always felt isolated and the frequent migrations made her accustomed with both the cultures. These environmental changes gave her stories a unique style. Her mother Elvira Cordero Anguiano was a voracious reader and a great inspiration to her daughter.

Sandra’s loneliness made her to write. In high school, she wrote poems on Vietnam War due to the encouragement from her teacher. Sandra has a very good educational background. In college, Sandra started to write about her culture, the life of her neighbours and poverty faced by women. She understood that her work stood separately from the rest.

Sandra did many jobs from being a teacher, a poet to an arts administrator. Sandra not only contributes to society through her writing but also established Maconda Foundation which conducts workshops for writers. Also the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation formed in the memory of her father awards talented people who are either writers from Texas or writes about Texas.

Sandra likes to remain single. She says “My writing is my child and I don’t want anything to come between us”. That’s the importance she gives to her profession. Sandra is the first female Mexican American writer to have her work published by a mainstream publisher. She’s an icon of Chicana literature. Sandra has won many awards including National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Sandra Cisneros has written more than 40 books. Her works has got translated in more than 20 languages. Famous among her works are ‘Caramelo’, ‘Loose Woman’, ‘Have You Seen Marie?’ and the recently published ‘A House of My Own’. She still will deliver a lot to the society.