Recorded in Los Angeles, CA on October 8, 1996.
Sandra Cisneros, the author of The House on Mango Street and Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories, is a poet and fiction writer. Self described as a “terrorist,” “anarchist,” and a “Chicana feminist,” she has said, “I’m trying to write stories that haven’t been told. I feel like a cartographer. I’m determined to fill a literary void.” Ms. Cisneros, who received a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, read the story “Eleven” and from work in progress on October 8, 1996. Ms. Cisernos was interviewed by poet, novelist, and essayist Dorothy Allison, whose books include Cavedweller and Bastard out of Carolina.