I liked what Sandra Cisneros said on one of her videos: (to paraphrase) Why am I teaching poetry to Latina kids, when what they need is birth control advice? And to guys who get beat up in the neighborhood, how can poetry help them? I remember feeling that way, too, when I was teaching.
She has been very busy teaching and writing ever since "The House on Mango Street" came out years ago. She is a Chicana, lived in a suburb of Chicago but now, I think, still lives in Texas. A Chicana is a woman who is Mexican and American, so she is not a New York-area person but she is a Latina. She has written several other books, "Woman Hollering Creek," (stories); " My Wicked, Wicked Ways," (poetry) and "Loose Women" (poetry). She has also written a multi-generation novel, "Caramelo." Point of view, or stance, is an important element (who is speaking, how they are speaking) in her work.