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Sandra Cisneros


ASK AN ALUM BA ’76


AUTHOR; NATIONAL MEDAL OF THE ARTS RECIPIENT


How does an author overcome writer's block?


Even an acclaimed novelist can get writer’s block. That’s one of the tidbits that Loyola alumna and National Medal of the Arts awardee Sandra Cisneros (BA ’76), author of The House on Mango Street, shared during her talk at the College of Arts and Science’s second annual CONVERGE event celebrating the work of faculty and alumni. Cisneros, who also this year received the Loyola's Damen Award, shared two tips for meditating that help her overcome the fear that sometimes halts her creativity:


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“I ask to be of service and honor my ancestors and honor my community. And that makes you humble; it gets your personal agenda out of the way.”


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“Second, I ask for courage. I think of my ancestors and how difficult their life was, and it always frees me and gives me light.”


WINTER 2018


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