Sandra Cisneros is a Mexican American novelist, poet, and short story writer. Her books include "The House on Mango Street," "Caramelo," and "Woman Hollering Creek." She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Macarthur “Genius” Grant.
Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954, the only girl among seven siblings. The family shuttled between Chicago and Mexico City before finally settling in the area of Chicago known as Humbolt Park, a neighborhood that would later provide inspirations for "The House on Mango Street." Cisneros began writing as a teenager, serving as the editor of her high school’s literary magazine. She went on to study English literature at Loyola University in Chicago before earning her MFA at the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop.
In addition to her novels, books of poetry and short stories, Cisneros has also taught writing at nearly every level from grade school to graduate school. She has also been a visiting writer at several universities including the University of California, UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
The first female Mexican American writer to have her work published by a mainstream publisher, Cisneros has seen her books translated worldwide and "The House on Mango Street" remains required reading in middle schools, high schools and universities across the country.