© Copyright 2011 Henry Cisneros
The Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation was created in 2000 to honor the memory of Sandra Cisneros' father, an upholsterer. "My father lived his life as an example of generosity and honest labor," Cisneros has written, "Even as he warned us to save our centavitos, he was always giving away his own. A meticulous craftsman, he would sooner rip the seams of a cushion apart and do it over than put his name on an item that wasn't up to his high standards. I especially wanted to honor his memory with an award showcasing writers who are equally proud of their own craft."
Since 2000, the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation has awarded over $115,000 to writers born in Texas, writing about Texas, or living in Texas. The Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation invites a panel of nominators to recommend writers from across the writing disciplines who exhibit both exceptional talent and profound commitment to their chosen form of artistic expression.
Three judges are invited annually to choose a recipient. Past judges have included journalists, memoirists, anthropologists, poets, historians, essayists, and novelists Norma Alarcón, Dr. Ruth Behar, Wendy Call, Dr. Norma Elia Cantú, Dr. Antonia Castañeda, Marilyn Chin, Andrei Codrescu, Edwidge Danticat, John O. Espinoza, Dagoberto Gilb, Elva Treviño Hart, Linda Hogan, David Liss, Dr. Arturo Madrid, Rubén Martínez, Fae Myenne Ng, Levi Romero , John Phillip Santos Craig Svonkin, Ph. D., Dr. Carmen Tafolla, and Carla Trujillo.
Sandra Cisneros has written: "In my own experience, grants not only allowed me time to write, but, more importantly, confirmed I was indeed a writer at precarious moments when my own faith in my art wobbled." It is her hope this award will strengthen the resolve of the award winners and further them along in their careers.
For more information or to make a donation to the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation, please email the Foundation Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
The Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation
P.O. Box 831046
San Antonio, TX 78283
|2012||Joe Jiménez||Poet||Barbara Martinez, Demetria Martinez, Moumin Quazi|
|Laurie Ann Guerrero||Honorable Mention|
|Macarena Hernandez||Honorable Mention|
|2008||Sheryl Luna||Poet||Wanda Coleman, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Ramiro Salazar|
|Kristin S. vanNamen||Prose Writer|
|2007||Raul R. Salinas||Established Artist||Josip Novakovich, Harryette Mullen, Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark|
|Elisa A. Garza||Emerging Artist|
|Monica Ortiz||Honorable Mention|
|2006||Christine Granados||Edwidge Danticat, Linda Hogan, Antonia Castaneda|
|Joy Harjo, Rueben Martinez, Marion Winik|
|2004||Diana Lupez||Established Writer||Ai, Richard Blanco, Paul Bonin-Rodrìguez|
|Natalia Trevino||Emerging Writer|
|David Rutschman||Honorable Mention|
|2003||Gregorio Barrios||Established Writer||Carla Trujillo, Gilberto Quesada, Ruben Martinez|
|Pablo Miguel Martìnez||Emerging Writer|
|Sterling Houston||Honorable Mention|
Barbara Renaud González,
|Dagoberto Gilb, Ruth Behar, Elva Trevino Hart|
JoAnne Reyes Boitel
|Norma Cantú, John Phillip Santos, and Carmen Tafolla|
|2000||Nicole Pollentier||Arturo Madrid, Cantú, Bryce Milligan|