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This past fall, writer Sandra Cisneros published her first book of poetry in 28 years, Woman Without Shame. Cisneros, best known for her 1984 novel The House on Mango Street, is a poet, novelist, performer, and artist—and she’s also a Buddhist. In her new poetry collection, she offers insightful and characteristically blunt meditations on desire, memory, and how she has learned to love her aging body.

In this episode of Tricycle Talks, Tricycle’s editor in chief, James Shaheen, sits down with Cisneros to discuss her writing process, how she combines Buddhist practice with the indigenous spirituality of her childhood, and what it means to be a woman without shame. Plus, at the end of the episode, Cisneros reads two poems from her new collection.

For more, read an interview with Cisneros in the November issue of Tricycle.

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