Press Release Archive 2011 - 1999

Renowned Hispanic Author Sandra Cisneros to Give Reading at Albertson College on March 3

2003. 02. 25.

CALDWELL, ID- Nationally acclaimed author and poet Sandra Cisneros will present an afternoon of literature and reading at Albertson College of Idaho in Caldwell on March 3 at 2:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. This community event is free and all ages are welcome to attend.

Cisneros, the daughter of a Mexican father and Mexican-American mother, addresses poverty, cultural suppression, self-identity and gender roles in her fiction and poetry. Cisneros performs as her own characters when giving readings.

Her 1984 novel, 'The House on Mango Street,' which includes vignettes about growing up in a barrio, won the Before Columbus American Book Award and has more than 2 million copies in print. 'Woman Hollering Creek,' a collection of short stories, won the PEN Center West Award for Best Fiction of 1991, the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Lannan Foundation Literary Award, and was selected as a noteworthy book of the year by The New York Times and the American Library Journal.

Her 2002 book, 'Caramelo,' was recently named an outstanding book by the American Library Association.

While growing up, Cisneros, a two-time National Endowment for the Arts fellow, moved frequently between Chicago and Mexico City. She received a bachelor's degree from Loyola University and a master's in fine arts from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

In 1995, Cisneros won the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Cisneros' visit is sponsored by Escritoras Sin Fronteras, the Log Cabin Literary Center, Albertson College Latino Americano Students (ALAS), the Idaho Migrant Council and the Council on Hispanic Education.

For more information, contact Mari deLeon at 453-1320.