Sonia Manzano: Shaping a Life Story

Episode 8 · March 7th, 2016 · 46 mins 41 secs

About this Episode

Author and actress Sonia Manzano, along with editor Andrea Davis Pinkney, discuss the making of Sonia's coming-of-age memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx. Sonia joined the cast of the acclaimed television series Sesame Street in 1971, where she defined the role of "Maria" and went on to write for the show, retiring in 2015 after 44 years. Sonia has won 15 Emmy Awards for her television writing and is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Arts and Sciences.



  • Sonia Manzano, actress (Sesame Street) and writer (The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx)
  • Andrea Davis Pinkney, VP and Executive Editor, Scholastic Trade Publishing

Special thanks:

  • Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
  • Sound mixing and editing by Daniel Jordan
  • Produced by Megan Kaesshaefer