April, 15 2023


  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  •    |   Location of Session: Russell Hill Rogers Tent
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 11:15 am
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

Sandra Cisneros (Woman Without Shame) returns to the San Antonio Book Festival with a conversation curated right from her bookshelf. Join Cisneros and authors Reyna Grande (A Ballad of Love and Glory), Manuel Muñoz (The Consequences: Stories), and Reggie Scott Young (Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon: New and Vintage Poems) to hear about writers who are rewriting history. This session will be introduced by John Olivares Espinoza

This session will be live streamed on YouTube.


About the Authors & Introducer

Reyna Grande - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Rara Arbabzadeh

Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. As a young girl, she crossed the US–Mexico border to join her family in Los Angeles, a harrowing journey chronicled in The Distance Between Us, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her other books include the novels Across a Hundred Mountains, and Dancing with Butterflies, the memoirs The Distance Between Us: Young Readers Edition, and A Dream Called Home. Her latest books are the anthology Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings and the novel The Ballad of Love and Glory. She lives in Woodland, California, with her husband and two children. 

Manuel Muñoz - The San Antonio Book Festival

Manuel Muñoz

Manuel Muñoz is the author of two previous collections of short stories, Zigzagger and The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue, and a novel, What You See in the Dark. Muñoz has been recognized with a Whiting Award, three O. Henry Awards, and an appearance in Best American Short Stories anthology. His frequently anthologized work has appeared in The New York TimesVirginia Quarterly ReviewAmerican Short FictionZYZZYVA, and Freeman’s. A native of Dinuba, California, Muñoz currently lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. His new collection of short stories is The Consequences.

Reggie Scott Young - The San Antonio Book Festival

Reggie Scott Young

Reggie Scott Young is the author of the new poetry collection Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon. He has published poetry, fiction and literary nonfiction in leading magazines and journals such as Louisiana Literature, riverSedge, African American Review, and Oxford American. He is a recent recipient of an individual artists grant from the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts and Culture for a new poetry project titled Searching for Robert Johnson at the Alamodome. As a scholar, most recently at the University of Louisiana, Young has published works of literary criticism in critical books and journals, and he also served as co-editor of two books on Louisiana author Ernest J. Gaines. A member of the Macondo and Under the Volcano writers’ workshops, he now lives near Mission Concepción in San Antonio. 

 John Olivares Espinoza - The San Antonio Book Festival

John Olivares Espinoza

John Olivares Espinoza is a poet living in San Antonio. The Date Fruit Elegies is his full-length poetry collection about growing up while working as a landscaper with his brothers and father in the resort towns of California’s Coachella Valley. His new poems appear in Alta and Air/Light and his introduction to the poetry of Sandra Cisneros is published in the April 2023 issue of Poetry magazine. Espinoza is a 2023 Individual Artist Grantee awarded by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts and Culture.

John will be introducing this session.


 John Olivares Espinoza - The San Antonio Book Festival

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and essayist whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her novel The House on Mango Street has sold over seven million copies, has been translated into over 25 languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. Her numerous awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, the PEN/Nabokov Award for International Literature, the National Medal of Arts, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Cisneros is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico. As a single woman, she chose to have books instead of children. She earns her living by her pen. Woman Without Shame is Cisneros’s first poetry collection in 28 years.

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