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Author Sandra Cisneros on tour in Michigan and Ohio

Poet/author Sandra Cisneros, 52, was on tour last week in Michigan and Ohio, speaking at the University of Michigan’s Rackham Auditorium on Sept. 28 on “Why I’m Not Hispanic,” followed by a tour in Toledo at Waite High School and the South Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Library on Friday, Sept. 29, and appearances at FLOC’s convention, march, and banquet on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006.

Sandra Cisneros and Baldemar Velasquez at Waite High School

Author of the landmark novel “The House on Mango Street” (1983) that sold more than two million copies, Cisneros shared an in-depth, personal dialogue with U-M Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies Dr. Ruth Behar, “Talking In Our Pajamas: A Conversation Between Sandra Cisneros and Ruth Behar” on Friday at the University of Michigan.
The writer is now working on a book called “Writing in My Pajamas,” devoted to how she teaches writing. According to Cisneros, students can find their voice by imagining they are in their pajamas, “talking to someone who they know so well, they wouldn’t have to excuse themselves and get dressed.”

On Friday, Cisneros traveled to Toledo where she spoke to students at Waite High School and the public at the South Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Library.

According to TPS’s José Luna, “Students at Waite High School were privy to a visit by Sandra Cisneros, where she spoke to an assembly of English classes and Latino Club members.

Consuelo Hernandez, Sandra Cisneros  and Alejandra Montez

“She told students to write from their hearts; that only through honest self-expression will they heal the pain inside them. She gave the students tips on how to write. Cisneros told the students be introspective before they write, to relax, and to feel free to express themselves.

“Cisneros spoke about human rights issues pertaining to recent immigration legislation. She pointed out that Latino immigrants are being used as scapegoats for economic issues and terrorist threats. She called Latino immigrants vital & necessary addition to the United States.” 

Cisneros then made an appearance at the South Branch library in Toledo where she read from several of her works.

Cisneros’s writings include: “Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories” (1991), “My Wicked Wicked Ways” (1987), “Loose Woman” (1994), the poetry collection “Bad Boys” (1980), a children’s book “Hairs/Pelitos” (1994), and “Vintage Cisneros” (2003), a compilation of her works.

In 1995 Cisneros was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and in 2003 she received the Texas Medal of the Arts.  Born in Chicago, Illinois, she lives in San Antonio, Texas, where she has created the Macondo Foundation, a unique writers’ workshop with a Latino focus and a commitment to community service.

Jose Luna of TPS






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