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Audio Interview with Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros, author of Bad Boys, House on Mango Street, and Woman Hollering Creek, combines her experiences working with high school drop-outs, the disempowerd and the ignored of the world, and fragments from her own life as a Mexican-American growing up in Chicago into her short stories and poems. She said she finds herself especially attracted to children because of her keen abtitude for demonstrating the difficulty children have in expressing their sadness and trauma to adults, and the difficulty adults have in understanding child sadness and trauma.

"I'm 36 on the outside, but on the inside I'm 10, I'm 14, I'm 27, and I'm 5," she said. "I don't forget what it feels like. I remember what that was like."

That skill is evident in her reading of an expert from Eleven, a short story from her collection, Woman Hollering Creek.

To hear more about her inspirations and about the story she is more proud of, Eyes of Zapata, click on the link below.

Listen to the Sandra Cisneros interview with Don Swaim,

June 5, 1991
(39 min. 13 sec.)

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For over a decade, many of the best writers of the English language found their way onto Don Swaim's daily two-minute CBS Radio show, Book Beat. His New York-based program was derived from longer interviews, sometimes 40-minutes in length. Found exclusively here, Wired for Books proudly webcasts these conversations in their entirety using RealAudio.

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