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Maritza Anguiano

Chicago, IL

12/20/17

 

Dear Ms. Cisneros ,
I would like to wish you a happy birthday. My name is Maritza Anguiano. I am a Latina . I'm in sixth grade and my teacher's name is Mrs. Senese. I attend Sawyer School. In my class we are reading House on Mango Street . I really like reading the short vignettes that you wrote. One of my favorite vignettes was" Hairs " i really enjoyed it because of the specific details you wrote about the family members hair for example like "papas hair is like a broom". I would like to read some of more of your books that you wrote . One of the books I really want to read is "Woman Hollering Creek" I think I would really enjoy that book .

Sandra replies:

 

Dear Maritza,

Yes, please read more books, mine and everyone else’s.  That would be the best gift of all you could give me.  Thanks.

S


Alexa Dominguez
Chicago, IL

December 20, 2017

Dear Ms. Cisneros,

I heard it was your birthday. I wish you the best of luck on your birthday.I hope you have the best day ever and keep on making the best books ever!. I am in love with your books they are very detailed.I am also latina like you so we have one thing in common that's pretty awesome. I am from sawyer school my names Alexa Dominguez me and my class are actually reading one of your books.

House on Mango Street. I can relate to some of the chapters like the first chapter I can relate to moving a lot!. I also love that your book has short but detailed. one of my favorite chapters was (hairs) cause I can relate that my hair is not wavy or fluffy its just flat I like that you said that "your hair was lazy" and that your dads hair looks like a "broom". Hope you respond to my message.

Sincerely Alexa Dominguez

Sandra replies:

Thanks, Alexa.  I can relate to your relating!

S


Anthony Juarez
Chicago, IL

December 20, 2017

Dear Ms. Cisneros

I really enjoyed your House On Mango Street Vignettes my favorite vignette is hairs because I also compared my parents,brothers, and sisters hair like you also i live in Chicago just like you, I'm a Latino boy, and I'm 13 years old some questions i would like to tell you is how long did it take you to make The House On Mango Street book? and do you want to make a second book of The House On Mango Street telling more vignettes as you grew older in Mango Street. and I have one more thing to tell you HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ms.Cisneros!!!!!!!!!! I hope you have a Great Birthday and I wish all the wishes you could and take care of your self.
SINCERELY ANTHONY

Sandra replies:

Dear Anthony,

First, thanks for remembering my birthday!  You’re doing better than my own family.

And, as for why I wrote the book HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, take a look at my most recent book, A HOUSE OF MY OWN, which has two essays that answer this question.

I am revisting MANGO currently for a project that involves music with composer Derek Bermel.  I am supposed to write the libretto, but I have yet to begin. Stay tuned. 

You take care too.

S


Josue Salgado
Chicago, IL

December 20, 2017

Dear Ms. Cisneros,

I wish you Happy birthday. I was born in America, but my parents are from Mexico, so that makes me a Mexican too. I like Mexico. I'm in 6th grade and my teacher name is Ms. Senese.
We are reading The House of Mango Street and i'm enjoying it! My favorite vignette is ''House of Mango Street'' because i had a connection. I myself moved to different houses and it was a struggle and stressful. I was nervous and anxious because people would say stuff about my house, just like Esperanza. Like Esperanza, my pipes broke, could not use the shower because it did not work, so we use the big bucket instead to shower.

Sandra replies:

Oh, Josue!  I am happy to hear your story too.  If we don’t tell our stories, it’s as if it never happened, and we need, we must tell our stories if we are to be included in American history.  I encourage you to tell your story in whatever way you can, aloud, writing, pictures, dance, hip hop.  Whatever!

And please know that Mexico is America too.  America stretches from Canada to the tip of South America.  Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. are ALL North America.  But we are all OF THE AMERICAS, especially if we are Mexican since we were here millennia before Columbus bumped into us.  The Americas were not empty and barren, but had several indigenous civilizations living here.  90% died when the Europeans arrived with their diseases.  For a good book, take a look at AN INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz.

It’s essential we know our own history, especially when we are, as a nation, suffering from amnesia when it comes to our story as indigenous people.  Thanks for writing me, Josue.

S


Celia Needum
Dallas,TX

December 20, 2017

Hello Ms. Cisneros!

My students at Dallas Can Academy, Ross Avenue, are reading your short story "Three Wise Guys" today. We realized that today (12/20) is your birthday! They asked me to send you a message saying happy birthday to you, and to tell you how much we are enjoying your story. (You should have seen their faces once they found out what was in "the box.") Happy Birthday!

Ms. Needum

Sandra replies:

Hi, Ms. Needum,

I have not published that story in a book of my own, only in textbooks, so I forget about it.  That was written a long, long time ago, and it has one glaring error.  There are no chicharras buzzing in December.  Did anyone from your class catch that mistake?  But I wrote it when I was new to Texas, so I hope they will forgive me.

Thank you and your students for remembering my birthday.  I spent it in frigid Chicago performing at the National Museum of Mexican Art. 

I’m happy that the story made an impact even after all these years.  Tell them it’s based on a true story.

Be well!
S


Gabby S
U.S.A.

December 17, 2017

Señora Cisneros,

I am currently a high school student, but I have been learning Spanish since I was five years old. All through elementary and middle school, my teachers would have my classmates and I read your books and poetry. At a young age, I wasn't aware of the language opportunity that I had, and so I never liked reading books in Spanish, except yours. I found that after every work of yours that I read, I gained new knowledge of culture, and the Spanish language. I am hoping to further my studies in both Spanish and Latino culture and the Spanish language, and I was wondering if you had any suggestions for your or other author's works that I could look at. As person who is hoping to start writing creatively, I would like to ask you a question about your writing. What was your inspiration to start writing, and how do you choose what topics your write about? Gracias por todo su tiempo y ojalá que aunque usted no puede responder, usted puede leer mi mensaje.

Gabby

Sandra replies:

Dear Gabby,

For the answers to your questions I invite you to look at my last book, A HOUSE OF MY OWN, essays about my life and writing.  And as for books I love, there are so many, a few mentioned in the aforementioned book.  But watch my IG account where I often post books I am enjoying; most recently Margaret Atwood’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE and Tennesee Williams’ HARD CANDY.  As for Latino writers, I love Mercè Rodoreda and Elena Poniatowska among many others.  I recently finished Joe Jimenez’s novel BLOODLINE, and I adore his poetry too.  I love the work of Rigoberto Gonzalez, Joy Harjo, Manuel Muñoz, Helena Viramontes, Cherrie Moraga. Try subscribing to HUIZACHE to find Latino writers.  And watch my recommended page on this website.  Thanks for asking.

S


Miyah Safi
Alsip,IL

December 13, 2017

Hello! I am a freshmen in high school and my teacher has us read your book. I would have to re read a whole bunch of chapters just to get the full depth meaning of it. I feel like any good book should always make you go back and re read to understand it more in depth. I have never been good with literary devices reading your book helped me learn more about literary devices. I would have to search through chapters and find any types of figurative language which helped me understand them so much better. Some of the vignettes I would not understand but when we discussed them in class I would understand them and you would always have hidden things in them that I never understood. For example when in the vignette “There Was an Old Woman She Had So Many Children She Didn’t Know a What To Do” I didn’t understand when you were talking about Angel and how she “dropped from the sky like a sugar donut, just falling like a star”. I didn’t understand that she died until my teacher explained it to me. You’re an amazing author and I hope you continue to write more and more books like “The House on Mango Street”.


Best Regards,
Miyah Safi

Sandra replies:

Dear Miyah,

Thank you for taking the time to reread my stories.  I wrote them as if they were prose poems, so they require more time reading.  I am glad you have revisted the chapters, and I invite you to reread the book every few years.  Feliz 2018!

SC

 


Bella Carreno
Bakersfield, CA

December 13, 2017

Señora Cisneros,

I read your book, The House on Mango Street, almost a year ago, but regardless about how much time passes I cant seem to get my mind off how beautiful it is and how much it has changed me as a person. So, I guess this message is to say thank you. Thank you so much for writing a piece of fiction that has touched so many hearts. Going through high school (which I am currently in) made me realize that there isn't much literature that is rich in culture or something that I can connect with as a person, so when my English teacher recommended the House on Mango Street, I was a bit skeptical. But when I read your book, I became engrossed in a world that not only I could feel, but I could also relate to. So thank you, for introducing me to a story I will hold with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving a voice to so many people that don't have one. And thank you for making me realize I have a voice too.

Sincerely,
Isabella Carreno

Sandra replies:

Dear Isabella,

I write in solitude and toss my thoughts into a bottle, which floats across oceans, and finally, if I’m lucky, reaches someone.  Someone like you.  I bow deeply in gratitude for confirming a book I wrote long ago has resonance even now.  You have given me a gift today through your letter.

SC


Marisol Macias
San Antonio, TX

September 7, 2017

Warmest Greetings Señora Cisneros,

When my mother had occasion to pen me a letter she would always open with a prayer of well wishing for my health and happiness. I hope this note finds you well and in peace and in harmony.
I've lived in San Antonio for about ten years now and it has been a torrid affair. I did not like this city, it was hard for me. Slowly the city and I have gotten acquainted and from there an understanding and love and friendship has grown.
Currently I'm a sophomore in the BFA program at the Southwest School of Art. It is a new program, I'm to be part of the third class that graduates, the first class is currently working on their senior projects. It is an interesting and exciting time for us. My concentration is in printmaking, ceramics, and photography. The work I do focuses on dream archetypes, the unconscious and the bridge to the external.
Currently the mythology of my family, particularly the stories passed on by my grandmother have been manifesting throughout all sorts of mediums. Eventhough my focus is on visual art, my first form of expression was writing.
Part of our curriculum at SSA is a class in professionalism, and we have been asked to reach out to an artist we've never spoken to but always wanted to encounter. I've written poetry since I can remember, its always been a release valve. Reading was also an escape I jealously guarded. Books have been devoured. The first book I read which you wrote was Caramelo. That story has stayed with me a long time. Thank you for sharing it. I connect writing with bravery and vulnerability. Caramelo was exactly that for me.
I saw you speak a few years ago at the SB1070 protest, thank you for using your voice in these matters! I draw on that moment from time to time, to remind myself, when I forget I have a voice, and change can be had. When I'm not in the studio or class, I do volunteer work for Voices de La Luna. We have poetry therapy sessions for homeless women going through drug rehab at Haven for Hope. It is small way to help, but it helps, and we are a strengthened by expressing and sharing our stories with one another. It is a magic thing to witness that moment when they realize they have power to change, and they can tap into it.
Thank you for your time and reading this note. Thank you for Caramelo. Thank you for your stories. Thank you for your activism. Thank you for your voice.

Sincerely,
-Sol

Sandra replies:

What a lovely testimony. Thank you, Sol, for the work YOU do.

SC


María Alvarado
Napa, California

August 31, 2017

Hello,
I am currently in my first year of college. I've been spending time in their little multicultural room and have found The House on Mango Street. Thank you for writing this. I have been rereading the introduction because I relate to it so much.
In my English class we are writing a short narrative. I have decided to write it with your style. Can I email you my narrative? And receive feedback?
Thank you,

María

Sandra replies:

Hi, María,
I’m flattered you’re inspired to write in my style. Adelante. You can send me your narrative, but I cannot give feedback, I’m afraid, as I have my own writing that needs my attention.

Thank you.

SC


Edward Vidaurre
McAllen, TX

August 30, 2017

Just read "Only daughter." I pick a moment to read something, think of something, write something to cry with every now and then. Today was the day for tears.
Loved it!
Thank you!

Sandra replies:

Ay, Edward. It’s good to cry, ¿verdad? It makes us more compassionate.

Thanks for writing.

SC


Daisy Piatt
Sacramento, CA

August 21, 2017

Señora Cisneros,

I have read a few of your books (The House on Mango Street and Caramelo, as well as parts of Woman Hollering Creek) and I have loved each one of them. I am a TEACHER of Spanish and Hispanic Culture. We are currently highlighting your book The House on Mango Street. Thank you for your writings. Thank you for sharing so honestly and clearly about your experiences. They provide a great value in our teaching of culture, understanding, and unity. One day I hope to meet you in person. Until then, muchas bendiciones.

Con cariño,

Daisy Piatt

Sandra replies:

Dear Daisy Piatt,

Thank you for high praise and for taking my stories out there to those who need to hear them.  I was once a teacher myself, so I am deeply grateful for the work you do.  I don’t know when I will be in your area next, but I too hope we may meet in person some day.  Watch my calendar.  You never know!  

abrazos fuertes,
Sandra Cisneros

 

KRISTAL DINERO
National City, CA

August 14, 2017

You have inspired me to read some of your books i cant wait to read "The House on Mango Street."

Sandra replies:

Thank you, Kristal, for taking the time to say so! Always what a writer wants to hear.

SC

 

Crystal Riesgo
Tucson, AZ

August 9, 2017

I work with TRiO Student Support Services and have had the pleasure to meet Sandra Cisneros at the University of Arizona in 2013. TRiO-SSS serves 1st generation, low-income, and students with disabilities in successfully completing an associates degree to transfer. This semester we will be focusing on Successful Latina's who represent our student demographic. We would be esteemed and honored to have Sandra Cisneros (La Chingona) to share her passion, love for the cultura, and magic with our students. 

Sincerely,

Crystal Riesgo

Sandra replies:

Dear Crystal,

I will be reading in Phoenix early December.  Details to be posted on my website soon.

S

 

Anyssa Honie
Casa Grande, AZ

August 7, 2017

I really admire your work and it would be a pleasure to see you at my school (cguhsd) i love your life story it has really inspired me and it would be the highlight of the year if i could see you this year i love your work and i look forward to seeing you this year....hopefully.

 

 

Sandra replies:

Dear Anyssa,
Watch my upcoming calendar.  I will be reading in Phoenix early December. 

SC

 

Mike Anderson
Endicott, WA

August 4, 2017

Hi,

I teach History at Pasco High School, in Pasco, Washington. Over the years, I have been collecting pictures and messages from successful people, which I hang in my classroom. With each picture, I include a short biography. My aim is to give my students (many of whom have few positive role models) examples of successful people. 

If it is possible, I would love to add a picture of Sandra Cisneros to our "Wall of Fame". Many of my students are familiar with her work. An autograph would personalize the picture and make it more meaningful for my students. Often, those who have sent me pictures for display have penned a short note about the importance of getting an education. I'm sure Sandra is very busy, but if she could write a sentence or two, it would be greatly appreciated.

On behalf of my wonderful students, thanks for considering this request.

Sincerely,

Mike Anderson

Sandra replies:

Hi, Mike,

Believe it or not, I don’t have a stack of photos to send to fans.  And to make matters worse, I live in Mexico.  But if you have a picture of me from the internet or wherever, mail it to me in a self-addressed envelope to my agent Susan Bergholz, 17 W 10th Street #5, New York, NY 10011, and I will promise to sign and return it when next I visit the States. 

Gracias.

S

 

Avery Paine
Atlanta, GA

August 2, 2017

Hi, Ms. Cisneros! I'm a big fan of your novel: The House on Mango Street. I wish to know more! I was wondering if you could answer a few questions from your biggest fan! Thank you!

1. In your novel, the "scenes" in each chapter are pieces of your life and how you became the brilliant lady you are today. If you could only pick three chapters, which ones would you say are the most valuable to you?

2. Sally was an interesting character in the book. What was her personality and motivations like?

3. What message do you hope is portrayed clearly to all your readers when they finish your story?

Once again, thank you! 
Sincerely,
Avery Paine

Sandra replies:

Híjole, Avery,

It sounds like you are asking me to do your homework.  I think you know the answers better than I do.  And it doesn’t matter what I think.  I want to hear what you feel you’ve gotten from the book, what message did you take with you?

SC

 

Kelly Hensley
Phoenix, AZ

July 27, 2017

Thank you for the gift of your words and prose. You are my FIRST ever book on tape back when it was really tape and I have never stopped referring any lover of words and stories and poetry and family and love to that story CARAMELO!

Sandra replies:

Dear Kelly,

Caramelo is my personal favorite.  Gracias for the shout out! 

S

 

Kathy Curatolo
Naples, FL

July 22, 2017

I spent the other day reading your book and joined by daughter and best friend at your lecture in the Hall of Philosophy....but oh my this evenings performances "Mango Suite" brought me to tears! Tears of joy! This is my 49th year in Chautauqua and it shall be one nestled at the center of my memories! Thank you for sharing your work.

Sandra replies:

Hi, Kathy,

Yes, you weren’t the only one with tears.  I was pretty soggy-eyed myself.  Thank you for sharing your story.  Until I read your letter, I thought I was the only one.  

abrazos,

S

 

Joaquin Huante
Zacapu, Michoacán
México

July 19, 2017

I was born in the U.S. also, but "came back home" to México. Love hearing you talk about Día de Muertos and about our unique (I wanted to write crazy) familiy ways. Thank you y saludos.

JJ

Sandra replies:

Dear Joaquin,

Gracias for ánimo.  Saludos to you too. 

Sandra

 

Maria Guerrero
Whittier, CA

July 19, 2017

I would like to start by thanking you for giving Chicanas a home in the literary world, but even more so for inspiring young girls all over the globe. I begged my parents to buy me a copy of The House on Mango Street my senior year of high school. Your work has inspired me so much since! I decided to double major in Chicanx Studies and English with an emphasis in ethnic literature. Someday when I'm a High School English teacher, I hope to teach my students with some of your work.

Mucho amor y admiración desde California.

Sandra replies:

Dear Maria,

Let me know when you are that English teacher.  You make me proud.

SC

 

John Gills
Elmhurst, IL

July 12, 2017

I enjoyed A House of My Own very much and was especially taken with your discussions of how different languages have different nuances. I was reminded of a time when I, a teacher, broke down in the office of assistant principal Dave Franzen. His mother was Mexican. His father was Scandanavian. And he comforted me in Spanish.

Sandra replies:

Dear John, 

What a beautiful story.  Thank you for making my day! 

S

 

Janet Tamez
Hollywood, FL

July 12, 2017

What advice can you give a young writer working on her first novel?

Sandra replies:

Dear Janet,

Join a writer’s group that is at your level.  You write alone, but need help editing.  And you’ll need the support of a literary family.

Create a schedule where you can be uninterrupted for a minimum of three hours, preferably six, for writing.  Preferably alone.

Don’t talk on the days you write, or if you must, take a nap before writing.  Or meditate.

After your manuscript is done, edited by others, and has been given the go-ahead, find an agent.

A novel may take many years.  Be prepared for this.  Read the lives of other writers. I find biographies of other women writers gives me hope.

Good luck.

Sandra

 

irene jung
phelan, ca

June 27, 2017

A short message which I hope you will receive: Sandra I have loved your writing for years. I am reading The House on Mango Street for perhaps the fortieth time. You are able to pack so many flowery descriptive images into such short and to-the-point phraseology, I don't know how you do it. Obviously, you were born to write. I believe you and Annie Proulx are the very best authors currently working, and I love re-reading your work. God bless you!

Bunny Jung

Sandra replies:

Hi, Bunny,

It’s called hard work.  I was born with a talent, but talent isn’t enough.  One has to develop talents and work them over and over before they can have a resonance. Thanks for your support. 

S

 

Daniel Garcia
San Antonio, TX

June 25, 2017

I have been reading your work for as long as I can remember and as a current undergrad at Abilene Christian University, I am still reading and learning from you. Your work has caused me to think critically of the world around me, reminisce on my personal experiences, and cry oceans and oceans. I couldn't tell you how thankful I am for you and your work. You are changing lives.

The inspiration and knowledge I have gained from your writing and life story has influenced me to dedicate my first summer of research as a McNair Scholar to you and your literary work, primarily The House on Mango Street. I am exploring a few different questions that will not have a definite answer rather, I plan to allow the questions to resonate in the minds of those who refuse to recognize the severity of the questions I am posing. The questions, which are revised quite often, are as follows:

1. Why is the identity of Chicana women, in the work of Sandra Cisneros (you), defined by the forced silenced they endeavor from childhood through adulthood?
2. How do Chicana women perceive themselves socially as well as in the home, in the work of Cisneros (you again)/through personal experience/etc.
3. (Not necessarily a question, but) Focus on the overall suppression of Chicana women through my personal experiences and poetry in addition to some of your written works.

I mentioned that all of this research and writing will solely be going toward my summer of research, but as I continue to research and discuss my topic with my mentor(s), the more and more this seems like a potential topic I would like to pursue for thesis/dissertation work. This excites me, so very much! I mention this because I believe that your writing deserves to be discussed even more than it already is in academia. My voice means nothing in academia, but I want to get the the message I have gained from your writing out to those who haven't even been exposed to any of your writing or fail to see the depth that all of your fans and critics can see, clear as day.

San Antonio is also my home and I am so blessed to have been born and raised in such a beautiful city, rich with culture and love. I want to spread this culture and the love, but also the darker, negative components that deserve to be addressed. I would love to maybe ask you a few questions if you have the chance. I know you are very busy and you probably receive requests like this all the time but, it doesn't hurt to ask, I suppose. Thank you and I really hope to hear back from you. You are the light of the future and I will do my best to illuminate the darkness that is ignorance.

-Daniel Garcia
Abilene Christian University, ’18
High School Teaching English Language Arts

(I am adding this to say that I just saw the disclaimer saying that school projects and things like that aren't answered through your website and that is okay with me. This note can now, solely, show that you have influenced me to research your text and Chicana studies in general, as well as write about my findings. Thank you so much.)

Sandra replies:

Hey, Daniel,

Gracias a ti y a la vida.  How wonderful a letter.  I’m so lucky to get this. 

S

 

Lucia Proctor
Silver Spring, MD

June 18, 2017

Any chance you can direct me to an interview or article where Sandra speaks on "Barbie-Q"?

Sandra replies:

Check online.  I’m sure I’ve done them before, but cannot recall. 

S

 

 

Lucero Miranda Reid
El Paso, TX

June 14, 2017

Your work is a great contribution to our society. I always recommend your books to our students.

Sandra replies:

Lucero, thank YOU for your contribution. Teachers rate high in my opinion, especially now! 

S

 

Saundra Schmidt
Escondido, CA

June 13, 2017

I found your profile online while searching for information to complete my cultural inclusion training, and I wanted to commend you for your talents and intelligence. Wonderful works!

Sandra replies:

Thank you, Saundra! Always lovely to hear good thoughts. 

S

 

Bruce Groh
Shirley, NY

June 5, 2017                                

Hello Sandra:

I read several of your short stories. The story about two girls talking over their toy dolls was fantastic. Your work is in a Literature Book I bought several years ago. I do write myself, and also poetry. I just wanted to say hello and enjoy reading your works.

Bruce

Sandra replies:

Hey, Bruce,

How cool is it to get a letter from a male reader.  Thanks for writing and for kind words. 

Sandra

 

Cecy Piemonte
Fayetteville, NC

May 31, 2017

I read one of your short stories for a high school assignment and was thrown off by the use of Spanish in English writing. Raised by a Mexican mother who believes in never mixing the languages, I found myself loving your writing. Taking my English teacher's recommendation, I wrote a report The House on Mango Street for my senior year "thesis" in 2010. Since then, I have not met a single reader to whom I haven't recommended your books. Your writing is true art; true inspiration to me. Currently listening to Caramelo and loving it!! Thank you for sharing your work with the world!!

Sandra replies:

Hey, Cecy,

Thanks.  I am especially proud of CARAMELO, my personal favorite.  So happy to hear from you.

S

 

Fae Ung
Las Vegas, NV

May 30, 2017

I have a question regarding to The House on Mango Street, is it a true story? Or is it just made to look like it.

Sandra replies:

Hi, Fae,

Take a look at the two introductions I wrote for HOUSE in my most recent book A HOUSE OF MY OWN, or in the current edition of the book.  It’s all there for you! 

S

 

Dylan Emerick-Brown
Lake Mary, Florida

May 30, 2017

Dear Ms. Cisneros,

My name is Dylan Emerick-Brown and I teach English at Deltona High School in Deltona, Florida. It has a large Hispanic population and I've taught some of your work, which the students devour. I am also the faculty adviser for the school's student-run literary magazine, Howl (DeltonaHowl.com). I am reaching out to you because it would mean the world to my students if they could send you just a few questions for their literary magazine as a brief interview. Would this be possible? Thank you so much for your time. We greatly appreciate it.

Kindest Regards,
Dylan Emerick-Brown

Sandra replies:

Dear Dylan,

Sure.  But only three questions.  Write to me care of my agent: susan@susanbergholz.com

Good luck!
S

 

Carola Bensimon
Managua, Nicaragua

May 29, 2017

Dear Sandra,

My name is Carola Bensimon and I was one of the teachers who attended your talk at Centro Cultural Nicaraguense in Managua, Nicaragua.
After my students listened to you, I assigned them to write an essay about their insights. Many of them are really inspiring. I was wondering if you would like to read them. I don't think I have enough space here. I don't want to invade your privacy asking your email, but if you are interested, maybe I can send a couple of these short essays to you.
One of them wrote that after listening to you, she knows she has a future and would like to fight for it.
We were honored to have met you, and I can assure you that these kids will never forget the experience.
Thank you Sandra!!!

Kind regards,
Carola Bensimon (English Teacher at Lincoln International Academy)

Sandra replies:

Hi, Carola,

I would love to see their essays. Meeting your students was a great highlight of my trip.  How respectful and charming they all were. They made me feel like a rock star.

 Please send your letter to me care of my agent: Susan Bergholz Literary Services, 17 W. 10th St, NY NY 10011, or you may scan and send to susan@susanbergholz.com    Will that work?  I think your students are great.

 Thank YOU, Carola, and thank your students. 

S

 

Maricela Anacleto
Riverside CA

May 29, 2017

Hello my name is Maricela and I am currently a Junior in High School and I am doing a Poet Research Paper and I chose to write about you since your work interests me more. I just wanted to do something new and try to contact you and ask you what advice do you have for upcoming poets? And I was also wondering What motivated you to write about your life?

Sandra replies:

Hi, Maricela,

I probably am answering this too late for your project, but I have been on the road.  My advice for poets is the same as for any other vocation:

1.      Earn your own money. To do this, go to school.

2.     Control your fertility so you can realize your dreams.  You can have kids later when you finish school; when you are better able to support them.

3.     It’s okay to be alone.  This is time for you to develop yourself.

 As to what motivated to write about my life?  I write about my life and the lives of those who impress me in some way, emotionally usually.  My subjects pick me. 

S

 

Deanne Szumowski
Cloquet,MN

May 29, 2017

I have avoided books of short stories, preferring novels, which I thought The House on Mango Street was. When I got it on my Nook, I decided to give it a try. I loved it. Each story made me feel like I was there living with the characters, experiencing their lives. You are a talented writer. Thank you for opening up to me the world of the short story.

Sandra replies:

Dear Deanne,

Glad you changed your mind about short stories.  There are so many great short-story writers out there.  Thanks for writing. 

SC

 

Lisette Rivas
Glendale, CA

May 25, 2017

So grateful to have found your writings when I was an undergraduate in college. I finally found a voice like my own, in "The House on Mango Street". As time went on, my esoteric interests took a back seat to raise a family and establish a career. Now that my son is older, I found myself going back to my love of reading. I was so happy to see your new book, "A House of My Own." Little did I know that I would again find my voice in your writings, as I grieve the loss of my best friend. By sharing your experiences, your writtings have provided comfort and solace at this difficult time in my life. (No one told me this would happen!) You are a writer for the masses. Thank you for sharing your passions, joy, sorrow, and spirit.

Con mucho cariño,
Lisette

Sandra replies:

Gracias, Lisette, for all your kind words!   

SC

 

Ana Rosales
San Marcos, Carazo
Nicaragua

May 22, 2017

It has been a great honor for me to know a little bit more about you and your books and I want to tell you that i will never forget how amazing you are. You are awesome. Thanks for the book you gave me, i am really grateful and i wish you success in your whole life.
PD: Please excuse my english.

Sandra replies:

Hi, Ana,

You’re welcome. And your English is just fine!  Thanks for writing. 

SC

 

Gary Gupton
Leland, NC

May 22, 2017

I ordered "Have you seen Marie" a couple of weeks ago through Amazon hoping to receive and share it with my wife, Kris, and her orphan girlfriends who had lost their mothers. The book arrived at our home in Leland, North Carolina, while we were vacationing in Puerto Rico. The day before we were to return home - a lady named Karen had been house/dog sitting for us - our toy poodle Jack died unexpectedly. Karen tried to save Jack, taking him to the emergency vet clinic, but they could not save him. Your book was in our mailbox upon our return. Thanks for sharing and comforting. Kris' mom passed away in 2008, and she "inherited" Jack. He was a constant reminder and all Kris had left of Joan, her mother. Kris wants to spread the ashes of Jack, her mother Joan, and my dog Spud in the Atlantic ocean off Wrightsville Beach, NC. (Spud died the same year as Kris' mom.). Thank you and God for the fortuitous arrival of "Marie".

Sincerely,
Gary Neil Gupton

Sandra replies:

Dear Gary,

First, I want to say how sorry I am for your losses.  I lost my mother in 2007, but always think of her.

And, as an animal lover and dog rescuer, I understand how much you are grieving. I just had to put one of my own dogs down a few weeks ago.

My intention writing the Marie book was to aid others in times of mourning.  Thank you for writing and confirming my book is doing its job.  You have lifted my heart with your letter.

Bendiciones y luz,
Sandra

P.S.  Try writing something for the ceremony at sea.  Anything written on behalf of those we love,  with love, siempre sale bonito--it always  turns out beautiful.

 

Elle Miza
Los Angeles, CA

May 22, 2017

Dear Sandra,
Thank you for your writing. You were the first author that truly inspired me in my early child development. I didn't have a lot of people who did that. I'm 24 now. Your words have kept me sane. You've probably kept a whole generation sane, really.

Best,
Elle

Sandra replies:

Dear Elle,

Well, I’m sure I would not be sane myself if I hadn’t been a writer.  Writing is the best medicine. 

Thanks for encouragement! 

SC

 

Ezra Gibson
Anchorage, AK

May 19, 2017

Dear Ms. Cisneros,
I am an 8th grade Language Arts Teacher at Goldenview Middle School in Anchorage, Alaska. My students read your book, The House on Mango Street and were inspired to write their own vignettes. We put them together and published a book of our own. We would be honored if we could send you a copy. I would be happy to ship you one if you would like. You may email me a forwarding address.

Sandra replies:

Hi, Ezra Gibson,

Send your book to me care of my agent, Susan Bergholz Literary Services, 17 W. 10th St. #5, New York, NY 10011.  It will reach me.  Thanks so much for doing so.

SC

 

Jordan Bennett
La Feria, TX

May 19, 2017

Hello, I am reading your book The House on Mango Street at my school. I enjoy it so far, but I have a question. In the chapter Born Bad, I feel that it's implied that Aunt Lupe dies the day Esperanza and her friends were making fun of her. That would be why they feel so apalled at their actions and try to repent by praying. Did Aunt Lupe die on this day, or later on?

Sincerely,
Jordan Bennett

Sandra replies: