Established in 2013, the Tanner Humanities Center’s Artist in Residence program brings diverse artists to Salt Lake City to lecture, teach, research, and give culturally significant performances and workshops.  On April 25 and 26, 2017, we will host award winning writer Sandra Cisneros.


FEB. 10, 2017 | The Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah presents An Evening with Sandra Cisneros hosted by KUER’s Doug Fabrizio, producer and host of RadioWest, at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public but tickets are required.

Cisneros will discuss the Chicana literary movement, her writing and the influence of her heritage on her work. She will read excerpts from her books, including her recent memoir A House of My Own: Stories From My Life

“Sandra writes not simply of the Latino experience,” said Bob Goldberg, director of the Tanner Center. “Her words reach to people of all communities and remind us of the human spirit that binds us together.” 

Additionally, Cisneros will conduct an outreach activity for underserved Salt Lake City students in partnership with the University of Utah Neighborhood Partners, Office of Engagement, Center for Latin American Studies, School for Cultural and Social Transformation, Latinos in Action, Glendale Middle School, and the Glendale Branch of the Salt Lake Public Library.


Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist and essayist 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 book awards nationally and internationally and most recently Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. The House on Mango Street has sold over five million copies, been translated into more than twenty languages and is required reading in elementary, high school and universities across the nation.



For more information, please contact John Boyack at or 801/587-8879.



Since 2013, we have hosted the Al-Andalus Ensemble, internationally acclaimed musicians that merge classical, jazz and contemporary music with traditions from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe; Anna Deavere Smith, playwright, actor, and recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, the 2013 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, and the 2015 Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities; Tony Kushner, Pulitzer-prize winning playwright for Angels in America, screenwriter for Munich and Lincoln, and recipient of the 2013 National Medal of Arts; and Suzan-Lori Parks, Pulitzer-prize winning playwright for Top Dog/Underdog, recipient of the 2015 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, and MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient. For previous Artist in Residence events, click here.

Last Updated: 2/13/17