S200. A House of Our Own: A Tribute to Sandra Cisneros

Room 214D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Sandra Cisneros is best known as the author of The House on Mango Street and a MacArthur “genius” grantee. Yet a powerful aspect of her legacy began 25 years ago in San Antonio, when she founded the Macondo Writers Workshop by gathering writers around her kitchen table and imploring them to think about their conscience. Five acclaimed Latinx authors who have been deeply influenced by Cisneros in both their art and their activism will pay tribute to their mentor/muse/madrina. 

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Sandra_Tribute_New_Panelists!.docx



Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of Around the Bloc, Mexican Enough, and All the Agents & Saints. Associate professor of creative nonfiction at UNC-Chapel Hill, she lectures globally, including as a Moth storyteller, and won a Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting at the US border.

Angie Cruz is a New York born Dominicana and the author of the novels Soledad and Let It Rain Coffee. She teaches at University of Pittsburgh, and is the editor of asterixjournal.com. Her novel Dominicana is forthcoming. angiecruz.com

Daisy Hernández is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir and coeditor of Colonize This! Her work has been published in National Geographic, Dogwood, The Rumpus, and many literary journals. She’s an assistant professor at Miami University in Ohio.

Mexican writer Reyna Grande is the author of the novels Across a Hundred Mountains and Dancing with Butterflies, which received several awards including an American Book Award. Her memoir, The Distance between Us, is about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the US at nine.

Alex Espinoza is the author of Still Water Saints,The Five Acts of Diego León, and Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime. He's written for the NY Times, LA Times, VQR, and NPR. He is the recipient of an NEA fellowship and an American Book Award.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center