By Marieme Jiddou, Class of 2019
Photographs by Brandon Nixon, Class of 2018
Sandra Cisneros, a Mexican-American writer mostly known for her book The House On Mango Street, that is filled with vignettes of fiction visited the Media family to discuss her work on The House On Mango Street. Cisneros covered a lot of topics in the event. She talked about things that inspired her to write the stories, how long it took and the advantages and disadvantages of writing her book. Cisneros opened the reading by reading one of her favorite chapters “The Family of Little Feet.” She explained that this is her favorite because one of her previous students realized how small her feet were which led her to realize that her entire family had little feet. Cisneros then went on to explain how she found her inspiration to write her book when she was a teacher, her students inspired her. She told the audience that when she was a counselor, her students used to tell her their struggles and that inspired her to write stories based on those situations. Cisneros explained to the audience that writing The House On Mango Street took time, she needed time to figure out how to write it in which it will give justice to the stories and her students. Cisneros explained to the audience that the students she had were going through many issues such as pregnancy, gang problems, and transportation but these issues were simply overlooked because these students are Black or Hispanic. The House On Mango Street took Cisneros about twenty years to write. The event then went on to students asking Cisneros questions about her book and in general. Cisneros answered questions such as: How did you find your inspiration?, How long did it take to write the entire book and what advice she would give to future writers and artists. Cisneros even replied to questions that were about her personal life. She didn’t have an issue with being open to our students about her life and the book; she talked about her love life, kids and family life in general. As the event was ending, Elaine Baez, a Media student, presented Cisneros with a painting for her warm visit and to thank her. The event closed with 30 Media students getting their 25th edition of The House On Mango Street signed by Sandra Cisneros.