"[Author Sandra] Cisneros told the attentive crowd that her artistry didn't translate into writing until she was in middle school when a teacher inspired her.
Cisneros pointed to the value that a teacher can have in the development of their students.
"I thought she was being mistaken — so I better not disappoint her," said Cisneros. "My grades went up because this teacher had faith and belief in me. That's when I began writing poetry at that time." (from the National Writing Project website)