Ana Castillo is a celebrated 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 will hold the Lund-Gil Endowed Chair at Dominican University (IL) in 2014
•MY Mother's Mexico (New and Collected Essays) (The Feminist Press, NY), 2015
•Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma, 20TH ANNIVERSARY Revised edition (UNMP), 2014
• Give It To Me: Novel (The Feminist Press; NY), 2014•The Guardians, 2007
•Psst . . .: I Have Something to Tell You, Mi Amor: Two Plays, 2005
•Watercolor Women/Opaque Men: A Novel in Verse, 2005
•I Ask the Impossible: Poems, 2001
•My Daughter, My Son, The Eagle, The Dove, (Young readers), English and Spanish editions, Dutton Children's Books, 2000. 2000 Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature Commended Title.
•Peel My Love Like an Onion, English and Spanish editions. Nominated for the Dublin Prize, 2000.
•Loverboys: Stories, 1996, Paperback 1997.
•Goddess of the Americas/La Diosa de las Américas, (editor, anthology), English and Spanish editions, 1996.
•Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma, (critical essays), 1994
•My Father Was a Toltec: and Selected Poems, 1995. This edition includes the entire previous edition My Father Was a Toltec, selections from first three collections, and early anthologized poetry.
•Ana Castillo reading from her works [sound recording]. 1994. Recorded Dec. 2, 1994, in the Recording Laboratory, studio A, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. for the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape.
•Recent Chicano poetry: Neueste Chicano-Lyrik, (co-editor, poetry anthology) with Heiner Bus, University of Bamberg, 1994.
•Sapogonia: an anti-romance in 3/8 meter, 1994 (uncut
version of the novel)
•So Far from God: A Novel, (This novel was also published in Great Britain, Germany, Mexico, Latin America, Spain and Turkey. Optioned for film by director Linda Mendoza) New York Times Notable Book, 1994.
•The Sexuality of Latinas, edited with Norma Alarcon & Cherrie Moraga, English and Spanish editions, 1993
•The Mixquiahuala Letters, English and Spanish editions, 1986, reprinted in 1992.
•Sapogonia, 1994 (revised); and Bilingual Review Press, 1990. New York Times Notable Book, 1994.
•Esta Puente, Mi Espalda: Voces De Mujeres Tercermundistas En Los Estados Unidos, editado por Cherríe Moraga y Ana Castillo; traducido por Ana Castillo y Norma Alarcón, 1988 (essays)
•My Father Was a Toltec: poems, 1988
•Women Are Not Roses, (poetry), 1984.
•The Invitation, (poetry chapbook), 1979 (reprinted in 1986).
•Otro Canto, (poetry chapbook), 1977