Damen Award Recipient: College of Arts & Sciences
Ms. Sandra Cisneros, BA ’76
Sandra Cisneros (BA ’76) is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and essayist whose work explores the lives of the working class. Her numerous awards include National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, and several national and international honorary doctorates and book awards. Most recently, she received Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and the National Medal of the Arts, which was awarded to her by President Obama in 2016.
Cisneros’s novel, The House on Mango Street, has sold over five million copies, been translated into over 20 languages, and is required reading in many elementary schools, high schools, and universities across the nation. She earned her BA degree at Loyola University Chicago. A dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, Cisneros has founded awards and foundations that serve writers, earning her living by her pen.