Love Poems: Sandra Cisneros in conversation with John Freeman

Join us for a virtual event with Sandra Cisneros and John Freeman in celebration of the latest issue of Freeman's: Love.

This event will be streamed on Zoom. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom link the day of the event. 


As a poet, novelist, and performer, Sandra Cisneros has been a lightning field for love. Whether it's the heat of an affair or the dull ache of a lover's absence, the warmth of a parent's embrace or the need for safety one feels with siblings, Cisneros' work conjures the necessities of love. Even for those to whom words are almost enough. "This weight/on the other side of the bed/is only books, not you," she memorably wrote in "Bay Poem from Berkeley," a piece which managed to miss a person, a place, and a time all at once. Warm and sensual, fierce and often hilarious, Cisneros' poems are some of the finest contemporary writings on love. 

The latest issue of Freeman's, themed to love, features a brand new one by her, side-by-side other new work by Louise Erdrich, Olga Tokarczuk, Maaze Mengiste and Haruki Murakami. In this conversational event, Cisneros will talk to editor John Freeman about her favorite love poems, reciting some of them, as well as her own work. They will talk and discuss love in our times. How do we speak about passion when language is being turned to weapons? How do you write a love poem in the dark? In a time that often feels without tenderness, this event promises to be a brief break for the heart. 

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer, and artist whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and national and international book awards, including Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award, the Fairfax Prize, and the National Medal of the Arts awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. Her classic, coming-of-age novel, The House on Mango Street, has sold over six million copies, has been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. In addition to her writing, Cisneros has fostered the careers of many aspiring and emerging writers through two non-profits she founded: the Macondo Foundation, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020, and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation, which ran for fifteen years. She is also the organizer of Los MacArturos, Latino MacArthur fellows who are community activists. Her literary papers are preserved in Texas at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. Sandra Cisneros is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico and earns her living by her pen.  She currently lives in San Miguel de Allende. 

John Freeman was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a NovelistTales of Two CitiesTales of Two Americas, and Maps, his debut collection of poems. He is executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School and New York University. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and the Paris Review and has been translated into twenty languages.
Event date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Freeman's: Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802157836
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Published: Grove Press - October 13th, 2020