Cisneros found an outlet in writing. In high school she wrote poetry and was the literary magazine editor. She earned a BA in English from Loyola University of Chicago in 1976. However, it wasn't until working on her master's degree at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop in the late 1970's that she says she found her way, as a working-class, Mexican-American woman. The experience of recognizing her difference from other students at Iowa eventually led to the writing of The House on Mango Street, which was published by Arte Publico Press of Houston in 1984 and won the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award in 1985.
Lee came from a family of four children. Her father was a lawyer while her mother suffered from an illness. Her best friend was Truman Capote, whom would turn out to be an aspiring writer also and would both work together on a piece. Lee became interested in writing when she was in high school and when she graduated she attended the all-female Huntingdon College in Montgomery. She focused on her school work and was a member of the literary honor society and glee club.
Her mom was a nurse trying to help the family. Edna’s mother encouraged her kids to be independent and appreciate books and music. When Edna was in high school, she was interested in theater. She performed many plays and even wrote a Halloween play that her classmates performed. When she was 20 she entered a poem called “Renascence” in a contest in which 100 poems were picked to be published.
In fact, when she was ten years old, she wrote a story called St. Nick, that was published in a kid’s magazine. From then on, each month until she was twelve years old, she wrote a short story for the magazine. When Rachel graduated from high school, she was accepted to Pennsylvania’s College for Women, which is now Chatham College. She graduated from there
Laurie read an article in the August 1993 issue of The Philadelphia Inquirer about the Yellow Fever Epidemic in 1793. She thought it was very interesting because she had never heard of it before. Laurie Halse Anderson said, "I read about the courage those people had who struggled to survive and had to write about it." In the book Fever 1793 the epidemic is portrayed exactly how it happened in Philadelphia in 1793. Mattie Cook lives above the family owned and operated coffee shop with her mother and grandfather.
The books I check out at the LRC were interesting. The first Books I read were “Basket” by George Ella Lyon. I thought this book was fitted for young school aged children. This book would be categorized as a narrative poem. The author seems to tell a story about her grandmother and her basket that she always has with her.
For years, Laurie loved to write, but considered it more than a hobby, and became a freelance reporter, she also began to write all types of books, and accomplished to pile up a lot of rejection letters. Since 1993, Laurie had been researching and constantly rewriting Fever 1793, originally tittle Bitter Drops. Laurie finished Fever 1793, and saw it published in 2000. In this passage which I’m about to read,
A brief autobiography of the Goodwin’s family roots where it all starts with my grandmother Jennie V. Goodwin and my papa Jacob D. Goodwin but everyone called him Sonny boy. Papa was born on March 4, 1925 and granny was born Oct.17, 1927 in Plain Dealing, La. Later on in their lives they moved to a small town called Benson, La was they was also married at in the early 1940s. They had three boys and two daughters after marriage. My grandparents were known for so many things in their town they even made street names after them such as Jennie Loop and Goodwin Loop.
Mourning Dove was the pen name of Christine Quintasket, an Interior Salish woman who collected tribal stories among Northern Plateau peoples in the early twentieth century. She described centuries-old traditions with the authority of first-hand knowledge, and also wrote a novel based on her experiences. Like her African-American contemporary Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), Mourning Dove’s reputation as a female ethnographer and writer has grown steadily over the past few decades. Her novel, Cogewea, is the first known published novel by a Native American woman. Growing up at Kettle Falls One day between 1884 and 1888, according to family lore, a woman of Lakes and Colville ancestry named Lucy Stukin (d. 1902) was canoeing across the Kootenai River in north Idaho when she went into labor.