Sandra Cisneros

American writer and poet

Sandra Cisneros (December 20, 1954-2018 ) is an author from Chicago, Illinois. She is famous for her book "The House on Mango Street." It has sold six million copies and been translated into over 20 languages.[1] Middle and high schoolers read her books in school for education uses. The House on Mango Street is a series of vignettes. A vignette is a series of stories or a brief description of something. The girl in the novel goes through childhood to adulthood changes. Sandra studied at Loyola University of Chicago and the University of Iowa. Her books are about issues between other races, classes, and genders.[2]

Sandra Cisneros
Born (1954-12-20) December 20, 1954 (age 69)
Chicago, Illinois, US
OccupationNovelist, poet, short story writer, artist
Periodc. 1980–present
Notable worksThe House on Mango Street, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories
Notable awardsAmerican Book Award, MacArthur Genius Grant
Sandra Cisneros



Sandra is the second child of Alfredo Cisneros de Moral and Elvira Cordero Anguiano. They had seven children together, one girl and the rest were boys. There was one daughter but she died as a baby after giving birth. Sandra's father wants his family of boys. During her childhood, there was sexism so her father which is pushing her over the limits. Since her father Alfredo Cisneros de Moral moved the family between Mexico City and Chicago, Sandra was shy during her childhood. She doesn't make close friends for pretty long. Her mother, Elvira Cordero Anguiano, was a strong female who wanted Sandra to achieve her goal.[3]


  • American Book Award - 1985
  • Lannan Literary Award for Fiction - 1991
  • Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction - 1993
  • MacArthur Fellowship Award - 1995
  • Texas Medal of Arts - 2003
  • National Medal of Arts - 2016 (Presented by Barack Obama)


  1. "Sandra Cisneros". National Women's History Museum. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  2. "Sandra Cisneros". Biography. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  3. "Sandra Cisneros | Biography, Books and Facts". Retrieved 2019-05-28.