Sandra Cisneros

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Sandra Cisneros is regarded as a key figure in Chicana literature. She is the author of many novels, among them the highly celebrated The House on Mango Street and Caramelo. Her awards include National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Lannan Literary Award, the American Book Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Other books include the acclaimed story collection Woman Hollering Creek; two books of poetry; and two books of children’s literature. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Cisneros is the founder of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation and the Macondo Foundation, which serve creative writers.  She has taught creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Michigan. Her most recent publication is Have You Seen Marie? an illustrated book for grownups.