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Famed author Sandra Cisneros to appear at FESTIBA Community Day March 28
Posted: 03/18/2009
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The public is invited to hear from one of the most celebrated Latina writers ever - Sandra Cisneros - during her appearance at FESTIBA (Festival of International Books & Arts) Community Day, March 28 at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Cisneros, who is best known for the novel "The House on Mango Street" (1984), will speak at 4 p.m. at the UTPA Student Union Theater.

- Sandra Cisneros (Photo courtesy of John Dyer)
Cisneros is on a national tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "The House on Mango Street," which tells the story of a young Latina woman coming of age in Chicago. The novel is required reading in middle schools, high schools, and universities across the country and has sold more than two million copies since its initial publication.

During FESTIBA week, Cisneros will also participate in Librarians Day with more than 300 South Texas librarians and speak to more than 1,000 students from Region One and UTPA GEAR UP programs. Following each talk with GEAR UP students, Cisneros will give each one an autographed copy of her 25th anniversary edition of "The House on Mango Street" just released in March. Copies of the latest edition will also be made available by the UTPA Bookstore for purchase at her March 28 presentation.

Born in Chicago in 1954, Cisneros is the only daughter of seven children and grew up both in Chicago and Mexico. She received her B.A. from Loyola University in 1976 and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1978.

Her books of poetry include "Loose Woman" (1994), "My Wicked, Wicked Ways" (1987), "The Rodrigo Poems" (1985), and "Bad Boys" (1980). She is also the author of "Caramelo" (2003); "Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories" (1991), which won the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award; and a bilingual children's book, "Hairs: Pelitos (1994)." "The House on Mango Street" won the American Book Award in 1985.

Cisneros received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation and has taught at many colleges and universities, including the University of California, University of Michigan, and the University of New Mexico. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas.

For more information on Cisneros' appearances, contact Virginia Haynie Gause at vgause@utpa.edu or 956/381-2303. For a complete weeklong schedule of FESTIBA activities go to www.coah.utpa.edu/festiba.