ASHEVILLE NC – Celebrated novelist and poet Sandra Cisneros takes the stage in Asheville on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m., at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. An Evening with Sandra Cisnerosis free and open to the public and will include a book-signing and reception.
As the winner of numerous literary awards, Cisneros is best known for her highly acclaimed coming-of-age novel “House on Mango Street,” which has sold more than two million copies worldwide and is required reading in middle schools, high schools, and universities across the country.
Her other works include the multi-award-winning short-story collection, “Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories”; “Caramelo,” a novel selected for numerous One-City/One-Read projects across the country; “Hairs/Pelitos,” named Best Children’s Book of the Year by Parenting Magazine; and her spirited collection of poems, “Loose Woman,” which the Boston Globe described as “poignant, sexy….lyrical, passionate…cool and delicate…hot as a chili pepper.” Cisneros’ work has been translated in more than a dozen languages.
The only daughter of seven children in a Mexican-American family living in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in Chicago, Cisneros says she was expected to “do only chores and not study.” Instead she went on to achieve an undergraduate degree in English from Loyola University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. She has also been awarded numerous honorary doctorate degrees.
The event is co-sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville and UNC Asheville’s Office of Cultural Events and Special Academic Programs. The new graduate center, which opens in August, will offer master’s-level programs in health care, business, liberal arts and sciences, and counseling.
The evening is part of LRU’s Visiting Writers Series and is the first of many such community events available to the graduate center’s new Asheville neighbors. The Visiting Writers Series of Lenoir-Rhyne University has offered literary programming for 21 years at the main campus in Hickory. The same series will now also be available in Asheville, providing an opportunity for the public to meet authors and hear them read from their works in a relaxed setting.
“We are delighted to partner with UNC Asheville to bring Ms. Cisneros to Asheville for this free event,” said Paul Knott, director of the new LRU graduate center. “We’re committed to being part of the community and look forward to offering other cultural opportunities for the public in addition to our graduate programs.”
For more information on An Evening with Sandra Cisneros, contact UNC Asheville’s Office of Cultural Events and Special Academic Programs at (828) 251-6674.
Lenoir-Rhyne plans to purchase a portion of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce building, located on Montford Ave. at I-240 downtown, to house the center. New programs will be added each year, responding to the needs and interests of the Asheville community. To learn more, visit http://asheville.lr.edu/.
Lenoir-Rhyne University is a private, coeducational university located in Hickory, N.C. It is affiliated with the N.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is open to students from all religious backgrounds. The web site is www.lr.edu.
UNC Asheville is the University of North Carolina’s designated Liberal Arts University.