Author Talk: ‘Woman Without Shame’ with Sandra Cisneros

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PBS Books is pleased to celebrate Women’s History Month by hosting a conversation with writer and activist Sandra Cisneros, who is the author of “Woman Without Shame.” Join us to learn about Cisneros and her phenomenal new collections of poems, hear the poet read two of her poems (English and Spanish), and more. Plus, this is a great program to attend right before Poetry Month begins in April.


ABOUT THE BOOK: “Woman Without Shame” 

It has been 28 years since Sandra Cisneros published a book of poetry. With dozens of never-before-seen poems, “Woman Without Shame” is a moving collection of songs, elegies, and declarations that chronicle her pilgrimage toward rebirth and the recognition of her prerogative as a woman artist. These bluntly honest and often humorous meditations on memory, desire, and the essential nature of love blaze a path toward self-awareness. For Cisneros, “Woman Without Shame” is the culmination of her search for homein the Mexico of her ancestors and in her own heart.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sandra Cisneros

SANDRA CISNEROS is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer and artist. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, a MacArthur Fellowship, national and international book awards, including the PEN America Literary Award, and the National Medal of Arts. More recently, she received the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change Fellowship, was recognized with the Fuller Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature and won the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. In addition to her writing, Cisneros has fostered the careers of many aspiring and emerging writers through two nonprofits she founded: the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. As a single woman she made the choice to have books instead of children. A citizen of both the United States and Mexico, Cisneros currently lives in San Miguel de Allende and makes her living by her pen.


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