Sandra Cisneros Presents: Writing as a Second Act - San Antonio Book Festival
May 21, 2022

Sandra Cisneros Presents: Writing as a Second Act

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

About the Event

Sandra Cisneros returns to the San Antonio Book Festival with a conversation curated right from her bookshelf. Join Cisneros and authors Ruth Behar (Tía Fortuna’s New Home), Ito Romo (The Border is Burning), Renato Rosaldo (The Chasers), and Richard Santos (Trust Me) for a conversation with authors who started other careers before turning to prose.

This session will be live streamed on the San Antonio Book Festival’s YouTube channel. Unable to join us?


About the Authors

Ruth Behar - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Macarena Hernandez

Ruth Behar

Ruth Behar is a Cuban-American cultural anthropologist, poet, and writer of fiction for young people. She writes about her journeys in her books, An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba and Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys. Her bilingual poetry appears in Everything I Kept/Todo lo que guardé. She won the Pura Belpré Author Medal for her debut middle grade novel, Lucky Broken Girl, and her second novel, Letters from Cuba, is a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and received an International Latino Book Award. Behar is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was named a “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and is a Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her latest work is a picture book, Tía Fortuna’s New Home (in Spanish, El nuevo hogar de Tía Fortuna), a Cuban Sephardic story about intergenerational memory. 

Ito Romo - The San Antonio Book Festival

Ito Romo

Ito Romo was born and raised on the border in Laredo, Texas. His recent work, dubbed “Chicano Gothic” and “Chicano Noir,” shows the dark and gritty life along Interstate 35 through South Texas, where his family has lived since 1750. He lives in San Antonio and is Professor of English Literature and Language at St. Mary’s University. Romo received his PhD from Texas Tech University’s Creative Writing Program and was recently inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. He is the author of The Border is Burning and El Puente / The Bridge. Romo is currently working on a novel, Filth Eaters.

Renato Rosaldo - The San Antonio Book Festival

Renato Rosaldo

Renato Rosaldo has published five books of poetry. Prayer to Spider Woman/Rezo a la mujer araña (2003), a bilingual (Spanish-English) collection, won the American Book Award (2004). Diego Luna’s Insider Tips (2012) won the Many Mountains Moving poetry book manuscript prize selected by Martín Espada. Duke University Press published The Day of Shelly’s Death (2014) and The Chasers (2019). Into the World Outspread: Notes from a Walker will appear with Casa Urraca Press in August 2022.

Richard Santos - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Casey Schlickeisen

Richard Santos

Richard Z. Santos’ debut novel, Trust Me, was a finalist for the Writer’s League of Texas Book Awards and was named one of the best debuts of the year by Crime Reads. He is currently editing a collection of horror stories for Arte Público Press. He is the executive director of Austin Bat Cave, an organization that provides creative writing workshops to students in under-resourced areas. He is a former board member of The National Book Critics Circle and has judged for the Kirkus Prize, the NEA, the International Thriller Writers Association, Texas Book Festival, and many more. In a previous career, he worked for some of the nation’s top political campaigns, consulting firms, and labor unions.


Richard Santos - 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 numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, the PEN/Nabokov Award for International Literature and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. Her novel The House on Mango Street has sold over seven million copies, has been translated into more than 25 languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. A new book, Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo, a story in English and in Spanish, was published in 2021. In the fall of 2022, a new collection of her poetry, Woman Without Shame, her first in 28 years, will be published by Knopf. 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.

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