Sandra Cisneros, "Martita, I Remember You," "The House on Mango Street"
Air Dates: October 30-November 1, 2021
“Cisneros draws on her rich Latino heritage…and seduces with precise, spare prose, creating unforgettable characters we want to lift off the page. She is not only a gifted writer but an absolutely essential one.” -- New York Times Review of Books
Oct. 28, 2021 – This week, REPORT FROM SANTA FE presents a new interview with award-winning best-selling author Sandra Cisneros. Cisneros is an internationally renowned Latina novelist, poet, and activist, most famously known for authoring “The House on Mango Street” and honored with the National Medal of Arts, conferred upon her by President Obama.
Sandra Cisneros discusses many elements of our lives during the pandemic, particularly noting the importance of the ideas of “home” and “isolation/solitude.”
Rather than feeling shut-off during the quarantine period of the pandemic, she flipped that restriction from social interaction to “Oh, I get to take care of me and what a wonderful luxury that is. Especially for women who are trained to take after and be caretakers for everyone except themselves...So I feel fortunate that the isolation for me wasn’t isolation and my writer and artist friends didn't feel that we were suffering. We felt nourished by our own company and by the company of things of the spirit, you know, like your garden if you have one. Or just listening to the sky.”
Cisneros presents her latest work, “Martita, I Remember You,” a tribute to the life-changing power of youthful friendships, and Cisneros' first piece of fiction in nine years.
She describes her upcoming book of poetry “A Woman Without Shame,” her first volume of poetry published in decades, which includes poems written over many years.
Additional books by Cisneros include: “A House of My Own: Stories of My Life,” “Woman Hollering Creek,” “Carmelo,” Have You Seen Marie?” and “My Wicked, Wicked Ways.”
Among her many honors, Cisneros is a MacArthur Genius Fellow and earned the National Medal of the Arts Award from President Barack Obama. Cisneros celebrates the 40th anniversary of her iconic novel The House on Mango Street, which now has sold seven million copies and is available in twenty languages. She celebrates a new translation of “Mango Street” coming out this year. She is also working on an opera based on “The House on Mango Street.”
AWARDS Won / Fellowships:
2019 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature
National Medal of the Arts, awarded by President Obama
Ford Foundation Art of Change Grant
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships
Lannan Literary Award
The American Book Award
Texas Medal of the Arts