SANDRA CISNEROS

chicago - 20 dicembre 1954

 

raccontami qualcosa anche se è una bugia

 

There's a poem in my head
like too many cups of coffee.
A pea under twenty eiderdowns.
A sadness in my heart like stone.
A telephone. And always my
night madness that outs like bats
across this Texas sky.
-night madness poem -  loose woman collection
fb/sc - 13.2.2017

 

 

 

dire la verità e mentire è un tema molto presente nei suoi libri, tanto che il distico di apertura di caramelo è “raccontami qualcosa, anche solo una bugia”. che relazione c’è tra raccontare la verità e raccontare le bugie?
Io vengo da una famiglia di grandi bugiardi

una famiglia che ama raccontare storie invece di dire la verità e loro amano raccontarti una versione della storia in cui ci sia un'immagine positiva della famiglia. La mia famiglia era famosa per raccontare mentiras sanas, bugie bianche, positive. E loro lo facevano non per farti del male o perché non era corretto per un padre dare una versione negativa della propria vita al figlio. ho capito che la mia famiglia non avrebbe mai potuto dirmi la verità o almeno la verità che io volevo sentire, loro mi davano la versione che pensavano dovessi ascoltare come figlia. In questo libro uso persone reali della mia vita, ma non racconto storie reali perché non conosco le storie reali di come mia nonna si sia sposata avendo già un figlio.

Loro non raccontano la storia, ma mormorano sul fatto che aveva un bambino. Quindi io ho dovuto inventare le storie, perché non so molto di quando mio padre è arrivato negli Stati Uniti, ha combattuto la seconda guerra mondiale ed è diventato cittadino statunitense mentre aveva una bella casa a Città del Messico e avrebbe potuto vivere una vita migliore lì. Quindi io devo creare la storia. Le persone non sono disposte a dirti la verità, ti dicono una verità ma un po’ alterata o esagerata.

Quindi io ho preso queste storie, le ho alterate un po’, forse devo mentire un po’, inventare la verità, ma per una scrittrice è bene avere un po’ della storia, è già abbastanza, ma non troppo, così posso usare la mia immaginazione ed entrare in una storia che può essere più interessante ed eccitante di ciò che è successo realmente.
rainews24 - incontri

Cisneros, 61, was the only daughter of seven children and she said she started writing at a young age. "Finding Your Roots" host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wondered whether Cisneros got her fiction-writing ability from her father, who joined the U.S. Army under a fake name.
My father told so many stories we didn't know what to believe - cisneros said.
chicagotribune.com

What haunted me was my mother's own frustration in her marriage. Her unhappiness was contagious. She made me realize I had to work for what I wanted in my life. I had to make myself happy.
dallasnews.com - 2017

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chicago 20.12.1954

 

 

My mother says when I grow older my dusty hair will s

ettle and my blouse will learn to stay clean,

but I have decided not to grow up tame like

the others who lay their necks

on the threshold waiting for the ball and chain.
In the movies there is always one with red red

lips who is beautiful and cruel.

She is the one who drives men crazy and

laughs them all the way.

Her power is her own. She will not give it away.
the house of mango street
voices.cla.umn.edu

 

 

Cisneros is not only a gifted writer but an absolutely essential one
bebe moore campbell - the new york times book review

 


I have a black cat  and six dogs
The biggest one is an Italian Greyhound. The overweight Chihuahua sits on my head like a little hat


. SHE IS THE ONLY GIRL OF SEVEN  SIBLINGS
. SHE IS AN OUTSPOKEN FEMINIST
. SHE ONCE WORKED AS A TEACHER
. SHE STARTED HER OWN WRITING WORKSHOP FOR ASPIRING WRITERS
. SHE PRACTICES BUDDHISM
alyssa reyes - theculturetrip.com

Sandra Cisneros bows to Carlos Fuentes 1928/2012
she gives him an award from the San Antonio Public Library Foundation on 2005
steve bennet - mysanantonio.com


http://youtu.be/j2ZkIysMX8s  - fresno state's music building concert hall  -  conversation

 

 

 

Dato che siamo bambini le cose succedono

e qualcuno si dimentica di raccontarcele

oppure ce le raccontano e noi ce le dimentichiamo

 

 

I always tell people that I became a writer

not because I went to school

but because my mother took me to the library

 I wanted to become a writer

so I could see my name in the card catalog
fb/sc - 2014

 
 


Sandra Cisneros

è nata a Chicago il 20 dicembre 1954 da padre messicano e madre chicana, terza di sette fratelli e unica figlia femmina. Attualmente vive a San Antonio, in Texas. È considerata una delle maggiori scrittrici di letteratura chicana e portavoce di spicco degli immigrati messicani negli Stati Uniti. Oltre a numerosi saggi e articoli per giornali e riviste è autrice del bestseller  di poesie - racconti e un libro per bambini  .

Molti dei suoi racconti o estratti delle sue opere sono stati pubblicati in antologie e volumi di storia della letteratura. Ha anche lavorato nelle scuole superiori come insegnante e assistente scolastica, ha tenuto corsi di scrittura creativa e un ciclo di conferenze presso l’Università della California a Berkeley.

Numerosi e significativi riconoscimenti costellano la sua carriera, tra questi la prestigiosa borsa di studio della MacArthur Foundation nel 1995; il premio Texas Medal of the Arts nel 2003; la national medal of arts at the white house nel 2016; una laurea ad honorem in Studi Umanistici dall’Università Loyola di Chicago nel 2002 e un’altra in Lettere dall’Università Statale di New York nel l993; due borse di studio dal National Endowment of the Arts per la narrativa e la poesia.

I suoi libri sono stati tradotti in più di dodici lingue tra cui spagnolo, francese, tedesco, italiano, olandese, norvegese, giapponese, cinese, turco e, recentemente, greco, thai e serbo-croato

Founding president of the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation, Cisneros lives in San Antonio, Texas. The library of Amherst College has archived a small selection of her papers.
festivaletteratura.it

The Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation was created in 2000 to honor the memory of Sandra Cisneros's father, an upholster.    My father lived his life as an example of generosity and honest labor    Cisneros wrote.
fb/sc - 2014

A winner of the PEN Center West Award for Best Fiction and the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, Sandra Cisneros evokes working-class Latino experience with an irresistible mix of realism and lyrical exuberance. Vintage Cisneros features an excerpt from her bestselling novel The House on Mango Street, which has become a favorite in school classrooms across the country.

Also included are a chapter from her new novel, Caramelo; a generous selection of poems from My Wicked Wicked Ways and Loose Woman; and seven stories from her award-winning collection Woman Hollering Creek.
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House on Mango Street and Women Hollering Creek were part of the Tucson ISD curriculum banned in Arizona-accused of promoting the overthrow of the government.

fb/sc - 2014

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The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University has acquired the literary archives of internationally acclaimed author Sandra Cisneros ...  We are delighted that Ms. Cisneros’s papers will serve as a foundational archive for the Wittliff Collections,” Texas State President Denise M. Trauth said. “Ms. Cisneros is among this country’s unique literary voices and her writings about the Mexican-American experience are not only relevant to an international audience, but treasured by individuals from all background ...
jayme blaschke - txstate.edu - 2015

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Cisneros’ literary archive
Over the years, Cisneros says that many of her essays have been lost. Some of her work disappeared after many moves, and some of it burned. Making sure she had a book that housed the remaining essays was important to her. Preserving her work is not something she has to worry about anymore. Last month, Cisneros’ literary archive was acquired by the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University for $800,000.
nancy flores - books.blog.austin360.com - 2015

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The archive includes 250 file boxes documenting Cisneros’s literary career, with manuscripts for all of her major works, personal diaries, travel journals, correspondence, photographs, videos, awards, publicity material, personal effects, interviews, speeches, original drawings, files on her famous “Purple House” in San Antonio and the Canon portable typewriter she used to create many of her works.
charles ealy - mystatesman.com - 2015

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judge for The 5th annual Kirkus Reviews Prize, celebrating 85 years of Kirkus Reviews - 2018
kirkusreviews.com/prize

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http://escueladeescritores.com/?s=sandra+cisneros  

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandra_Cisneros - https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandra_Cisneros

www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/Sandra-cisneros

www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/sandra-cisneros#poet

http://nbclatino.com/cafecito-sandra-cisneros

 

 

 

 

The good stories are what no one wants to talk about

So you make up a story because no one is going to tell you the truth
en.thinkexist.com

 

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quali sono le fonti del linguaggio che hai usato?
La mia sensibilità di poeta

e il parlato della gente intorno a me. Ho scritto meticolosamente, ogni pagina come una poesia e ho lavorato per riprodurre in inglese il fraseggio, il lessico, la sintassi dello spagnolo parlato: per esempio, «What a barbarity», è un calco dallo spagnolo. «Era il 1942 ed eccoci là», è un messicanismo. Altre frasi le ho prese dalla mitologia messicana, del resto molta poesia raffinatissima viene da indigeni analfabetos.
alessandro portelli  -  il manifesto
english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/cisneros/cisneros.htm

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how do you want to change?
I hope that I can write about things that haven’t been written about by women my age .    

I feel like society keeps a lot of things from you. I want to grow. I feel like a baby, like I have a long way to go before I can say I’m a writer. Was it Hokusai who said in his 70s, “If only I could have five more years, then I can call myself an artist!” or something like that? I feel like that, like maybe with time I could really call myself a writer, and maybe then I call myself a woman. It’s too much defined by society and what men, and church, and state. And I’m still stripping myself to remove myself from what they think. It’s been a process my whole life. And I’m just now in this wonderful phase. I feel like a dandelion seed. I’m in freefall, I’m excited. I hope that I’m going to leave the world like a sparkler. I want to go out with fire. I feel this urgency. A come on, come on, do more! I want to be like my heroes. Gandhi, Rigoberta Menchú, Cesar Chavez. If I could create work that could bring great change toward peace, that would make me the happiest writer in the world.
shereen lee - blog.pshares.org - fb/sc - 2018

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Hispanic’ is English for a person of Latino origin who wants to be accepted by the white status quo. ‘Latino’ is the word we have always used for ourselves.
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I am a woman and I am a Latina

Those are the things that make my writing distinctive

Those are the things that give my writing power

 

Why I'm Not Hispanic

U-M Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote: Author Sandra Cisneros explores complexity of Latino identity
The writer is now working on a book called "Writing in My Pajamas devoted to how she teaches writing: Students can find their voice by imagining they are in their pajamas "talking to someone who they know so well, they wouldn't have to excuse themselves and get dressed Cisneros said.
As a writer Cisneros lives in the complexity of bilingualism (she cannot swear and cannot love in Spanish) and biculturalism. In her novel "Caramelo" 2002 she uses very special English, a narrative elaborated in one language, but pronounced in the other, according to Ilan Stavans, an expert in Latin American culture. ..

umich.edu

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I say I'm estadounidense with raíces mexicanas, or mexicana with U.S. roots.    I'm a U.S. citizen.    I'm a Mexican citizen.    So, it depends on what side of the border I’m on.     Or simply assembled in the U.S. from Mexican parts .
verónica villafañe - aarp.org - 2018

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Philosophy
In a 1992 interview, Cisneros said: "A story is like a Giacometti sculpture; the further you get away from it, the clearer you can see it." She has also stated that she chooses the ugliest topics she can find and writes about them, in order to inform her readers about reality.
Sandra Cisneros currently resides in San Antonio, Texas. Although her home used to be known as the infamous violet house on Guenther Street (because of the controversy her paint color caused in the historic distric,) she has since painted it pink because the purple faded to blue.[1] In addition to her writing career, she volunteers in the Esperanza Center for Peace and Justice and serves as the literature director of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. In 1995 she founded the Macondo Workshop, described on its website as "a unique summer gathering for writers working on geographic, cultural, social and spiritual borders."

en.wikipedia.org

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Carlos Fuentes
I called Carlos Fuentes the Ambassador of Everything. He was un caballero, a gentleman; dignified and charming—a true diplomat’s son. He could say things critical of the United States, about its antiterrorism tactics and immigration policies, putting his finger right on the problem and fearlessly mention the white elephants in the room. If I or some other U.S.-Mexican writer had done it, people would have said, “They don’t know what they’re talking about.” But he was a gentleman who spoke as if he were wearing a tuxedo; he could say things delicately. I am grateful for his intelligence and courage and elegance.

by sandra cisneros - dec 2012 - http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Fuentes  1928-2012
christopher pillitz - poy.time.com

 

 

Every writer I admire is my teacher

If you look at it  and if you care to read carefully enough

and to read and reread a text

you teach yourself something about craft

fb/sc 2014

 

 

 

¿Se dice que quiere mejorar su español, por qué?
Siempre ha sido un desafío para mí el que mi español no esté al mismo nivel que mi inglés ... Simplemente pierdes uno de tus sentidos si no tienes el idioma. Es como no tener papilas gustativas. Pierdes el placer de la comida latina ... Es como ser ciego .   No eres menos persona  pero te pierdes cosas maravillosas .
cindy y. rodriguez - cnnspanol.cnn.com - 2013

 

 

letter to my readers  -  .pdf

My ancestors and deceased friends accompany me daily and this gives me solace

sandracisneros.com/letters/letter_current.php
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short story - puro amor - video 2018 - overheardwithevansmith.org/episode/sandra-cisneros

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are you nice ?
WHAT A LOVELY QUESTION. I’M SO GLAD YOU ASKED. NOT ONE JOURNALIST IN THE WORLD HAS EVER THOUGHT TO ASK ME THIS. AM I NICE? SOME DAYS IF I’VE BEEN ALLOWED TO SLEEP AT LEAST NINE HOURS. IF I’VE EATEN. IF I DON’T HAVE TO GO INSIDE A SUPERMARKET. IF THE WORLD AROUND ME IS QUIET. IF I CAN SEE CLOUDS AND TREES AND PLENTY OF SKY. IF I CAN SIT NEXT TO A WHITE FLOWER AND MY DOGS. IF YOU LET ME READ. IF THERE IS NO ONE AROUND ME BUT ME. IF I CAN EAT POTATO CHIPS AND SIT IN THE SUN. I AM THE NICEST WHEN I HAVE THESE THINGS.
fb/sc  - 2015

CISNEROS ABOUT 'ELEVEN' -  .pdf

 

tra i miei 6 libri preferiti ... Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll . This was the first book I was ever able to afford as a kid.    I bought an ugly paperback edition for 50 cents in the bargain basement of Sears and accidentally spilled a bottle of perfume on it that made the pages as wavy as if they had been soaked by tears.   It's still a favorite.   Every time I read this book, I smell the scent of cheap perfume, even though that first paperback edition is long gone.
theweek.com - 2015

 

I hope that my papers serve as a kind of road map for people with whatever their dream is, regardless if its writing or not, I hope it gives people encouragement to invent their own path and to follow their intuition.
I’m still becoming the artist that I want to be . My best work is ahead of me. 
-sc
bri watkins - star.txstate.edu - 2016

 

Don't dream little. Dream big. Do something every day to walk toward it, even if its something little.
sc to students at mountain view elementary school
deseretnews.com - 2017

 

 

 

I think there would be less wars, we’d be able to talk to each other, navigate our fear. The nation is divided with fear.
Creating art is a spiritual act.
It’s not just for entertainment. It can help us to be more magnanimous, more generous, more human .
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Every writer always hopes that people most unlike yourself will feel the humanity of the characters,
that they will feel they have something in common. That’s what literature does,
it connects people .
justin adams - deseretnews.com - 2017

 

https://youtu.be/CXxf4BmJlLc

Q&A with Sandra Cisneros and Azar Nafisi  

It’s my job as a writer, and all of us who live as bridges between communities, to serve the communities we see whose pain we feel and witness . I feel that all writers need to be of service to the communities that they love.
mystatesman.com - 2016

 

 

I’m a witch woman

high on tobacco and holy water
I’m a woman delighted with her disasters
They give me something to do
A profession of sorts
Keeps me industrious
and of some serviceable use

night madness poem  -  fb/sc - 2013

 

 

 

National Women's History Museum.
from the National Women's History Museum: Another inspiring woman for today is Mexican-American poet and writer Sandra Cisneros, who was also born today in 1954. Cisneros is often identified by literary critics as “the most famous Chicana writer” and is the first female Mexican-American writer to have her work published by a mainstream publisher.
My feminism is humanism

I try to be as honest about what I see and to speak rather than be silent, especially if it means I can save lives, or serve humanity. I try to speak because we've been silent as women for so long, especially Latinas, to the point of self-destruction. I speak because to not speak is to be complicit in this pain. I was silent as a child, and silenced as a young woman; I am taking my lumps and bumps for being a big mouth, now, but usually from those whose opinion I don't respect. My feminism is humanism, with the weakest being those who I represent, and that includes many beings and life forms, including some men.

ma-or/voices.cla.umn.edu -  fb/sc - 2014

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My father’s generosity reaches out to me daily in these times of greed and inhumanity. The times require us to be more human. In this light, as a reaction against fear and intolerance, we can strive to be more generous with sharing the most expensive item we own—our time. #Gandhi speaks of the force born from truth and love, and it was this force that graced him with success in achieving justice for his community. I ask each of you to ask yourself daily, How can I be more generous with my truth? How can I act from a place of love and not react with fear? I invite all to speak your own truth. I invite you to be more generous to one another, be more human as an act of resistance. -SC
fb/sc - 20.2.2017

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I’m 62 and I feel like I’m not even half way to being the chingona I want to be
...  But I’m young, I feel young. I feel like everything that I worked towards in my life has come to this point so that I can focus now on evolving myself and reaching my highest potential before I leave this planet. I’m excited because to me, at an age when most people feel like it’s the end of their lives, I feel it’s the beginning of my life.
carolina moreno - huffingtonpost.com - 2017

 

the older I get

the more I’m conscious of ways very small things can make a change in the world

tiny little things but the world is made up of tiny matters

isn’t it ?

 

 

 

20 dicembre  -  auguri sandra !

 

 

I always wanted to jump out of a cake
kristina puga - wiserwithage.com -  60 anni - 2014

from Sandra Cisneros ...
Muchos thank yous to my friends and readers for all the early birthday wishes ! For those of you who have asked what I want for my birthday: Donate to a local #animalshelter.     Tell us in the comment section what shelter(s) you support.    How we treat our animalitos says a lot about what kind of society we live in.     #Ghandi said it best:   "I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man."
fb/sc - 20.12.2016

 

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