Sandra Cisneros, Hayley Arceneaux, and Javier Zamora
On the Podcast: Sandra Cisneros, Hayley Arceneaux, and Javier Zamora

In this episode, meet award-winning poet, novelist, and artist Sandra Cisneros, author of Woman Without Shame, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux, author of Wild Ride, and poet Javier Zamora, author of Solito. Listen to learn what inspired each of these authors to finally share the stories that had been within them.

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Woman Without Shame is a moving collection of songs, elegies, and declarations from Sandra Cisneros, the best-selling author of The House on Mango Street. Women Without Shame chronicles her pilgrimage toward rebirth and the recognition of her prerogative as a woman artist.

In this boldly optimistic debut memoir, Hayley Arceneaux details how she overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to grab hold of a life greater than she’d ever imagined. In Wild Ride Arceneaux recounts her odyssey, from her cancer diagnosis at age ten, to getting her lifelong dream job at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a physician assistant, to being invited to go to space as a St. Jude ambassador.

At nine years old, all Javier can imagine is rushing into his parents’ arms and living under the same roof again. He cannot foresee the perilous trips that await him, nor can he predict the two life-altering months he’ll spend alongside fellow migrants who will come to encircle him like an unexpected family. Solito, a memoir as gripping as it is moving, provides an account of a treacherous journey, but also of the miraculous kindness and love delivered at the most unexpected moments.

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