About the Judge

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra CisnerosWe are pleased to announce that acclaimed author Sandra Cisneros will serve as the final judge for the 2010 Everett Southwest Literary Award, which will give $5,000 to a novel manuscript of 60,000 + words to some deserving novelist living in Texas, Oklahoma, or New Mexico.

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1954. She and her six brothers grew up in Mexico and Chicago. Cisneros earned a B.A. in English from Loyola University of Chicago and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Her books of poetry include Loose Woman (Knopf, 1994), My Wicked, Wicked Ways (1987), The Rodrigo Poems (1985), and Bad Boys (1980). She is also the author of Caramelo (2003); Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991), which won the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award; and The House on Mango Street (1984), which won the American Book Award in 1985; and a bilingual children's book, Hairs: Pelitos (1994). Her articles and reviews have appeared in publications including Glamour, The New York Times, and Revista Chicano-Riquena. Among her honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. She has taught many colleges and universities, including the University of California, University of Michigan, and the University of New Mexico. She lives in San Antonio, Texas