For high school, Cisneros attended Josephinum Academy, a small Catholic all-girls school.
Here she found an ally in a high-school teacher who helped her to write poems about the Vietnam War.
I think it's ironic that at the moment when I was practically leaving an institution of learning, I began realizing in which ways institutions had failed me.
Literary critic Jacqueline Doyle has described Cisneros's passion for hearing the personal stories that people tell and her commitment to expressing the voices of marginalized people through her work, such as the "thousands of silent women" whose struggles are portrayed in The House on Mango Street.
Her paternal grandfather was a veteran of the Mexican Revolution, and he used what money he had saved to give her father, Alfredo Cisneros de Moral, the opportunity to go to college.
However, after failing classes due to what Cisneros called his "lack of interest" in studying, Alfredo ran away to the United States to escape his father's anger.
While roaming the southern United States with his brother, Alfredo visited Chicago where he met Elvira Cordero Anguiano.
After getting married, the pair settled in one of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods.
Sandra Cisneros (born December 20, 1954) is an American writer.
She is best known for her first novel The House on Mango Street (1983) and her subsequent short story collection Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991).