Hispanic Heritage Month started Sunday so I apologize for being a few days late in marking this month-long tribute to the countless contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans. I thought I’d begin by paying tribute to an author and poet whose writing has captivated me since I read her classic coming-of-age novel, The House On Mango Street. I am of course talking about the incomparable Sandra Cisneros, who deservedly won this year’s PEN/Nabokov Award For Achievement In International Literature. Throughout her career she has focused on telling everyday stories of the working class and is a consistent presence on Summer Reading lists around the country. 

Image: President Obama Awards 2015 National Medal Of Arts And National Humanities Medal

I try to be as honest about what I see and to speak rather than be silent, especially if it means I can save lives, or serve humanity.

~ Sandra Cisneros ~