Early Press Release for BLACK DOVE: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me


Feminist Press, May 16, 2016

BLACK DOVE: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me (Life Stories)

Chicana literary éminence grise Ana Castillo turns her perceptive eye on her own life as a single, brown, feminist parent of a son in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling, mother-blaming, and the scapegoating of immigrants. Castillo lyrically excavates her family’s surprising migration story and recounts her against-all-odds development into a writer, feminist, and activist. With humor and grace, she narrates some of America’s most heated debates and urgent social injustices through the intimate, idiosyncratic lens of motherhood, creativity, and family. Exquisitely tuned to the political climate we face, Black Dove is testament to the power of becoming the narrator of one’s own life.

Ana Castillo is the author of 18 books, including Massacre of the Dreamers, So Far from God, and the Lambda award-winning Give It to Me.

“Ana Castillo is an American treasure. Fearless, compassionate, and flat-out brilliant-—she is the writer we need as we navigate the challenges of our ever changing world.” —Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow

“Reading Black Dove feels like sitting down to an intimate chat with Castillo about growing up with one foot in your world and the other in your parents’. You will get lost as Castillo winds her way through her amazing life.”—Veronica Arreola, director, Center for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Illinois at Chicago

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