Obama To Honor Pioneering Latina Writer Sandra Cisneros With National Medal Of Arts

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Pioneering Latina writer Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street, today, is required reading material for many high school and middle school classes. Her 1984 debut novel is lauded for tackling issues of race, gender and class.

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After winning the prestigious PEN Center 2016 Literary Award for her latest book, A House Of My Own: Stories from My Life, Cisneros will be awarded the the highest honor given to artists and art patrons by the U.S. government; on Sept. 22, during #LatinoHeritageMonth, President Barack Obama will present the Chicana author with the National Medal of Arts.

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Cisneros is one of four Latinos being honored for impacting society with their artistic contributions: musician Santiago Jimenez Jr., film director Luis Valdez and playwright Moisés Kaufman. Congratulations to all.