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Meeting Sandra Cisneros


I met Sandra Cisneros! And it was awesome, as brief as it was. I cannot even begin to explain how fulfilling it was to meet this amazing human being.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of “The House on Mango Street,” and Cisneros is busy traveling to a couple of places around the country in celebration. My friends and I got to meet her and have our books signed by her at the National Museum of Mexican Art in the Pilsen neighborhood here in Chicago.

The museum is currently housing a collection of art that pays homage to “The House on Mango Street” and the themes in the book. A lot of diverse and talented artists from the city have their work on display. Everything from paintings to photography are currently in the exhibit. Some of Cisneros artifacts are a part of the exhibit as well, including the typewriter she used to write the novel.

It is amazing and inspiring to see a woman from Chicago of Mexican descent achieve something that not many women of the same backgroind have (at least not very many here in the States). People of all ages and backgrounds came to see her and they stood hours in line to have their books signed by her. She was so nice, taking a little bit of time to talk to everyone. It’s definitely a day I will hold very close to me!

I’ll be posting more photos from this day on my Instagram if anyone is interested in checking them out!


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