Thursday-Sunday October 18,19,20,21
Newark, New Jersey
Sandra Cisneros will be reading on multiple days at the Dodge Poetry Festival.
Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954, the third child and only daughter in a family of seven children. She studied at Loyola University of Chicago (B.A. English, 1976) and the University of Iowa (M.F.A. Creative Writing, 1978).
She's worked as a teacher and counselor to high-school dropouts, as an artist-in-the-schools where she taught creative writing at every level except first grade and pre-school, a college recruiter, an arts administrator, and as a visiting writer at a number of universities including the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. And, she was a Writer-in-Residence at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.
Her books include a chapbook of poetry, Bad Boys (Mango Press, 1980); two full-length poetry books, My Wicked Wicked Ways (Third Woman Press, 1987; Random House, 1992) and Loose Woman (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994); a collection of stories, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (Random House, 1991); a children's book, Hairs/Pelitos (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994); the novels The House on Mango Street (Vintage, 1991) and Caramelo (Knopf, 2002), and the picture book Have You Seen Marie? (Knopf 2012).
Praise for "Puro Amor"
“Sandra Cisneros makes me so happy that I am a reader, so joyful that she is a writer, and even more exhilarated that she is part of our world.”
“Cisneros draws on her rich [Latino] heritage…She is not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one.”
—Bebe Moore Campbell
“Thank you, wicked wicked woman, for shooting up these loose arrows to the high hells of poetry, passion and humor.”
“Sandra Cisneros is like a bee that extracts new honey from old flowers…[she] possesses that most difficulty ability—allowing us to imagine that which ever existed.”
“Sandra Cisneros knows both that the heart can be broken and that it can rise and soar like a bird. Whatever story she chooses to tell, we should be listening for a long time to come.”
— The Washington Post Book World
“Sandra Cisneros is one of the most brilliant of today's young writers. Her work is sensitive, alert, nuance-full. . . rich with music and picture.”