Award Winning Novelist Sandra Cisneros Skypes from Mexico
Award winning novelist Sandra Cisneros will be Skyping with 7th asnd 8th graders at Foothill from her residence in Mexico this Friday. The House on Mango Street, Cisneros' most acclaimed novel, is the first novel they read in 7th grade, said Luivette Resto, 7th and 8th Grade English teacher who has been planning this visit for over two years. Majoring in English Literature from Cornell University with a minor in U.S. Latino History, Ms. Resto has an extensive background on Latino/a authors and literature.
Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer, and artist whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and national and international book awards, including Chicago's Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award, the Fairfax Prize, and the National Medal of the Arts awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. Most recently, she received the Ford Foundation's Art of Change Fellowship and was recognized among the Frederick Douglass 200. Her classic coming-of-age novel, The House on Mango Street has sold over six million copies, has been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. Sandra Cisneros currently lives in San Miguel de Allende.