Author Sandra Cisneros Visits CSU Bakersfield


One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern chose “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros as the Fall 2012 book selection. Today, Cisneros came to the CSU Bakersfield campus to give a private reading in the Dezember Reading Room within the Walter Stiern library, of an essay included in a soon to be published work, as well as to help give out several local writing awards to students at Independence High School and to three of our own CSUB students.

For the essay contests, students were given prompts related to “The House on Mango Street” and asked to provide original thinking and expand on themes. Today essay contest winners were presented monetary awards and a hearty congratulations from both Dr. Horace Mitchell, President, CSU Bakersfield, as well as Sandra Cisneros.

Independence High essay winners are:

  • Dylan Lawrence, 1st placeImage
  • Francisco Huizar, 2nd placeImage
  • Banwat Kaur, 3rd place Image

CSUB essay winners are:

  • “Self Understanding” by Amelia McKee, 1st place (sponsoring faculty Professor Pam Fox)
  • “They Are The Only Ones Who Understand Me” by Afaf Aldhulay, 2nd place (sponsoring faculty Professor Pam Fox)Image
  • “Getting Lost to Find Oneself” by Keren Martin (sponsoring faculty Professor Matt Woodman)

Tonight Cisneros will give a free public talk about her literary works and inspirations at 7pm at the CSUB Icardo Center. You don’t want to miss this rare treat. Come out and join us!


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-Colleen Dillaway, Director Public Affairs and Communications, CSUB.