Ana Castillo, 27th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Ana Castillo

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center for the Performing Arts

Author/Artist Bio

Ana Castillo crosses genre as a poet, novelist, artist, and xicanista. She explores issues of class, indigenous American history and the history of migration as a way of fostering pride and understanding of cultural identity. Ana Castillo lives in her hometown of Chicago with her son. Her latest work is a collection of poetry, Ask the Impossible (2001). Her latest novel published in the fall of 1999, is Peel My Love Like an Onion. She has also written a children's book My Daughter, My Son, The Eagle, The Dove. A Spanish language version of the collection of essays she edited on Guadalupe-Tonantzin, Goddess of the Americas/La Diosa De Las Américas: Writings on the Virgin of Guadalupe, was published in August 2000 by Viking. Numerous accolades for her work include 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. Currently, Castillo teaches in the English Department at DePaul University in Chicago.


Castillo read on Friday, October 8th, 2004 at 8:00 p.m.


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