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Hispanic-American Novelist to Visit LRU

Thu Feb 16 2012

The Visiting Writers Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University continues on Thursday, March 1, with “An Evening with Sandra Cisneros.” The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Belk Centrum on the L-R campus. The event is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

An America novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and poet, Cisneros is one of the first Hispanic-American writers who has achieved commercial success. She is applauded by literary scholars and critics for her works that help bring the perspective of Chicana (Mexican-American) women into the mainstream of literary feminism.

She received her B.A. from Loyola University in 1976 and her M.F.A from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1978. It was at this workshop that Cisneros realized that her experiences as a Latina woman were unique and outside the realm of dominant American culture. Thus, her writings began to reflect the conflicts directly related to her upbringing, including divided cultural loyalties, feelings of alienation, and degradation associated with poverty. These concerns came together in 1983 with her first novel, The House on Mango Street.

Cisneros’ other works include Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991), and the poetry collections Bad Boys and Loose Woman (1994). She has also written a book for juveniles, Pelitos (1994). Cisneros has contributed to numerous periodicals, including Imagine, Contact II, Glamour, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice and Revista Chicano-Riquena.

In addition to writing, Cisneros has taught at the Latino Youth Alternative High School in Chicago and has served as a college recruiter and counselor for minority students at Loyola University of Chicago. Furthermore, she has served as literature director for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Texas. Cisneros has also been a guest professor at California State University, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Irvine, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.

Cisneros will also appear in Asheville on Friday, March 2. This public event is cosponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne’s new Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville and UNC Asheville. Cisneros takes the stage in Asheville at 7:00 pm at the UNC Asheville Lipinsky Auditorium.

The Visiting Writers Series continues through April 2012.Other authors in the series include Lynne Cherry and Alexander McCall Smith.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series is free to the public thanks to the support of sponsors. This year’s sponsors include Our State, WDAV 89.9 FM: Classical Public Radio, Catawba Science Center, North Carolina Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Catawba Valley Community Foundation, Hickory Public Library, United Arts Council of Catawba County, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Crowne Plaza Hotel of Hickory, WFAE 90.7 FM: Your NPR News Source, City of Hickory Community Relations Council, Catawba Valley Medical Center, and Rotary International.

For more information about the Visiting Writers Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University, go to http://visitingwriters.lr.edu or call 828-328-7077.

 

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