Summer 2015 Brief Bio

Ana Castillo (June 15, 1953-) is a celebrated and distinguished poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator and independent scholar. Castillo was born and raised in Chicago. She has contributed to periodicals and on-line venues (Salon and Oxygen) and national magazines, including More and the Sunday New York Times. Castillo’s writings have been the subject of numerous scholarly investigations and publications. Among her award winning, best sellling titles: novels include So Far From God, The Guardians and Peel My Love like an Onion, among other poetry: I Ask the Impossible. Her novel, Sapogonia was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has been profiled and interviewed on National Public Radio and the History Channel and was a radio-essayist with NPR in Chicago. Ana Castillo is editor of La Tolteca, an arts and literary ‘zine dedicated to the advancement of a world without borders and censorship and on the advisory board of the new American Writers Museum in D.C. Castillo held the first Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Endowed Chair at DePaul University, The Martin Luther King, Jr Distinguished Visiting Scholar post at M.I.T. and was the Poet-in-Residence at Westminster College in Utah in 2012, among other teaching posts throughout her extensive career. Ana Castillo holds an M.A from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D., University of Bremen, Germany in American Studies and an honorary doctorate from Colby College. She received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for her first novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters. Her other awards include a Carl Sandburg Award, a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in fiction and poetry. She was also awarded a 1998 Sor Juana Achievement Award by the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago. Dr. Castillo’s So Far From God and Loverboys are two titles on the banned book list controversy with the TUSD in Arizona. 2013 Recipient of the American Studies Association Gloria Anzaldúa Prize to an independent scholar. Dr. Castillo held the Lund-Gil Endowed Chair at Dominican University (IL) in 2014-15.

June 2015, Ana Castillo was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in literature for her “literary contributions to the Latino/a community, and commitment to the betterment of our younger generations” by Latina 50 Plus, a motivational organization based in the Bronx, NY.

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Her novel, GIVE IT TO ME was released May, 2014 with The Feminist Press, NY, was awarded Best Bisexual Fiction in 2014 by the LAMBDA FOUNDATION, 2015. The classic, award winning collection of essays 20th anniversary updated edition of Massacre of the Dreamers was released Nov. 1, 2014 (UNMP) Ana Castillo’s forthcoming book: BLACK DOVE (Paloma Negra): Essays on Mi’jo, Mamá and Me: will be released with the Feminist Press, early May 2016. The award winning novel in verse, WATERCOLOR WOMEN, OPAQUE MEN will be re-released Fall, 2016 by Northwestern University Press in a new edition.

Dr. Castillo joined the Bread Loaf faculty with Middlebury College in Santa Fe, teaching creative non-fiction and the American Indian Institute of the Arts, Santa Fe, NM summer MFA programs.