Writers Poniatowska and Cisneros, groundbreaking women together in Chicago

Mexican writer, Elena Poniatowska, and Chicana author Sandra Cisneros are speaking together in Chicago this Wednesday night at DePaul University.

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This is a unique opportunity to see two amazing women writers. Their conversation titled, "Echoes of a Revolution" is to commemorate the centennial of the Mexican Revolution and the bi-centennial of Mexican Independence.

Poniatowksa lives in Mexico City and many years ago I had an opportunity to interview her. She is a journalist and also a fiction writer. She is a feminist and an advocate for human rights.

Among her most famous books are La Noche de Tlatelolco [Massacre in México]Hasta no verte Jesus Mio and Tinísima.

Chicago-born Cisneros now lives in San Antonio. She is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist and poet. Among her best known books are House on Mango Street and Caramelo.

Cisneros also is an activist and wrote a letter on her Web site that touches on the new immigration law in Arizona.

Cisneros asks important questions in this letter: "How can we allow those who are disparaged to tell their stories? How can we remind those most afraid that the U.S. is responsible for the narcos because of our insatiable drug consumption? How can we look deeply at the situation at the border and take responsibility for the displaced Mexican poor thanks to NAFTA? How can we remind America that we sell the very arms to the narcos?"

I am inspired by the work of Poniatowksa and Cisneros, two great writers, women and humanitarians.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Student Center Building, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., (corner of Sheffield and Belden Avenues),  Room 120, Lincoln Park Campus. It's free and open to the public.

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