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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Poetry

Born: December 20, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Cisneros was born in Chicago and attended and graduated from Loyola University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sandra Cisneros is a Latina author and poet best known for her novel ''The House on Mango Street''. She is also the author of ''Caramelo'', ''Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories'', ''My Wicked Wicked Ways'' and a collection of poems titled, ''Loose Woman''. Her books and poetry have been translated into over a dozen languages. Much of her writing is influenced by her Mexican heritage. She has also contributed to many periodicals. Cisneros currently resides in Mexico.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''The House on Mango Street''''' -- *American Book Award, Columbus Foundation, 1985


-- '''''Caramelo''''' -- *Notable book of the Year, The New York Times

-- *Notable book of the Year, Los Angeles Times

-- *Notable book of the Year, San Francisco Chronicle

-- *Notable book of the Year, Chicago Tribune

-- *Notable book of the Year, Seattle Times

-- *Premio Napoli Award, 2005


-- '''''Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories''''' -- *PEN Center West Award for Best Fiction, l99l

-- *Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award

-- *Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

-- *Lannan Foundation Literary Award

-- *Noteworthy Book of the Year, The New York Times

-- *Noteworthy Book of the Year, American Library Journal


-- '''''Loose Woman''''' -- *Mountains & Plains Booksellers' Award


-- """Other Awards and Honors"""

-- *Fuller Award for her lifetime contribution to literature, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2021

-- *MacArthur Fellowship

-- *Chicago’s Fifth Star Award

-- *PEN America Literary Award

-- *PEN/Nabokov Award for International Literature

-- *National Medal for the Arts