Perhaps most well-known for her 1984 novel The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (1954–) is a poet, short story writer, and essayist. She holds dual citizenship with the U.S. and Mexico; she currently resides in San Antonio, Texas. Born in Chicago, the third of seven children, she grew up in a predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood. She attended Loyola Chicago for her B.A. and received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Cisneros has won several awards for her writing, including the American Book Award, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a National Medal of Arts, and a MacArthur Fellowship.
Writer Sandra Cisneros (b. 1954) grew up between two worlds as her family moved back and forth between Chicago and Mexico City. In this 1990 short story, a Mexican family recently arrived in Texas receives an oversized Christmas present from the children’s school principal.