1984 sees the release of the first novel by Sandra Cisneros The Mango Street House. This book follows the life of Esperanza Cordero, a 12-year-old Mexican-American, and addresses classism, racism, sexism, growth, and responsibility.
The coming-of-age story has sold over six million copies and been translated into more than 20 languages. Cisneros didn’t expect him to be so popular. Esperanza’s experiences were written across 46 vignettes, each dedicated to their own day or memory.
Since the escape novel, Cisneros has published collections of poems and short stories and novels. Last September, she published her first book of poetry in 28 years: Shameless Woman: Poems.
The internationally acclaimed poet, novelist and writer visited Longwood University on Tuesday 8 November. She detailed the importance of love, self-care, and writing. She answered students’ questions about her past, The Mango Street House, and poetry. Later that day, Cisneros met with students individually to sign copies of his works.
Professor Mary Carroll-Hackett organized the events and introduced Sandra Cisneros. Carroll-Hackett was thrilled that Longwood students encountered the national bestseller; she encouraged students to attend the event and ask questions.
Sandra Cisneros took to the podium and told her life story. She is a 67-year-old Mexican American woman, who grew up in Chicago with six brothers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in creative writing. She has worked as a teacher for high school dropouts and for creative writing at all levels. Cisneros values his ancestry, his spirituality and his self. The writer really wanted to get in touch with the students and help them.
A self-care advocate, Cisneros claimed that the first step to prioritizing yourself is to look within: “read works about your intuition and connect with your lineage and the spiritual practices of your community…when you learn to do so,” she continued, “you can reconnect with yourself and your self-care.”
Cisneros also stressed the importance of grounding yourself, saying it’s “precious to take art classes, or sit under the trees and meditate, or read poetry.”
She frequently called on students to write. She claimed that people should write everything and never write with an end goal.
“All the things you witness die with you, unless you somehow document them; unless you speak it, or write it, or draw it, or paint it. She further stated, “you are blocked in your highest work, by money, by ego, by everything but love.”
Cisneros not only writes her own novels, poems and short stories, she makes a living from them. Like Esperanza from The house on Mango Street, Cisneros chooses to live his life as a story. “I think we’re all clairvoyants when we open our hearts and write, channeling an inner higher self that can see the future,” she said of writing such a similar character. to herself.
Cisneros also compared his life to a library, “the whole story of my life is in me; I can lower the volume all I want, and I will never miss it. I am the authority of me.
If you have any questions for Sandra Cisneros, visit her website of the same name. She reads every submission.