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The Work and Career of Sandra Cisneros

Housed in the Alkek Library at Texas State University, the Wittliff Collections are dedicated to “collecting and preserving the creative legacy of Texas, the Southwest and Mexico.” Focused on photography and literary arts, the collection acquired the archive of internationally revered author, MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and former San Antonio resident Sandra Cisneros in 2015. Assembled from more than 300 boxes filled with photographs, videos, awards, interviews, drawings and journals revealing early versions of her cherished stories and poems, The Cisneros Papers comes to light through the exhibition “Sandra Cisneros: A House of Her Own” (free, on view through July 1); a daylong symposium featuring panels with Chicanx scholars and artists including Laurie Ann Guerrero, Norma Alarcón and Sonia Saldívar-Hull (free, 10am-5pm Sat) and a reading from Cisneros followed by a discussion between the author and John Phillip Santos (free, 2pm Sun, RSVP requested at the address below). Cisneros fans unable to make the drive to San Marcos can celebrate the occasion closer to home with “An Archive of Her Own,” which combines poetry readings from Xicana writers Claudia Cardona, Bonnie Cisneros, Marilyse Figueroa and Leticia Urieta with an art market curated by Christina Martinez of VeryThat, music courtesy of DJ Electric Messiah and “Cisneros-themed drink specials including a House On Mango-rita” (free, donations benefit Hays County Women’s Center, 8-9:30pm Sat, La Botánica, 2911 N. St. Mary’s St.).

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