Cisneros receives National Medal of Arts

Author Sandra Cisneros has a way with words — that’s why she’s earned the recognition of the president of the United States.

According to the San Antonio Current, the Mexican-American author received a 2015 National Medal of Arts on Thurdsay, Sept. 22. Given by President Barack Obama and the National Endowment for the Arts, Cisneros earned the award for “her contributions to American literature in the 20th and 21st centuries, and her exploration of issues surrounding race and class that are so deeply prevalent in the United States,” says the San Antonio Current.

One of 12 award recipients, the San Antonio Current positions Cisneros as a “prominent literary figure” whose works like The House on Mango Street, Caramelo and Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories presents American life from the “perspective of ‘other.'”

Explaining Cisneros’ contributions to literature at large, the National Endowment for the Arts detailed her work this way:

“Through her novels, short stories, and poetry, she explores issues of race, class, and gender through the lives of ordinary people straddling multiple cultures. As an educator, she has deepened our understanding of American identity.”

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