Sandra Cisneros

Author Sandra Cisneros discusses her prolific career as a writer, Latinx representation in the arts and her 2018 short story, “Puro Amor.”

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist and essayist whose work explores the lives of the working class. Her novel “The House on Mango Street” has sold over six million copies, been translated into more than twenty languages and is required reading from elementary through college across the nation. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and book awards nationally and internationally, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico.

Helen Thorpe

Author Helen Thorpe talks about her book, “The Newcomers,” long-form journalism and her experience as First Lady of Colorado.

Helen Thorpe is an author and journalist who has been a staff writer for the New York Observer, The New Yorker and Texas Monthly. She has also been published in the New York Times Magazine, Slate and numerous other publications. Her radio stories have aired on “This American Life” and “Sound Print.”


Nicole Krauss

Author Nicole Krauss talks about her novel “Forest Dark,” the role literature plays in our lives and her creative process.

Nicole Krauss is the author of “Great House,” a finalist for the National Book Award. She also wrote the New York Times bestseller, “The History of Love.” She was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 2007 and named to The New Yorker’s “Twenty Under Forty” list in 2010.

Russell Banks

Russell Banks is an admired and accomplished American novelist whose credits include “Affliction” and “The Sweet Hereafter,” which were made into movies. His novel, “Lost Memory of Skin,” was published in 2011.

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