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Ana Castillo is one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Chicana literature. She is the author of So Far From God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, as well as The Guardians, Peel My Love like an Onion, and many other books of fiction, poetry, and essays. Her newest novel, Give It to Me won a 2014 LAMBDA Literary Award; her seminal collection, Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma was re-released as a 20th anniversary edition in November 2014; and the award-winning Watercolor Women, Opaque Men will be re-released in a new edition in the fall of 2016 by Northwestern University Press. Castillo currently holds a faculty post at the Bread Loaf program with Middlebury College (VT). Previous teaching posts have included the first Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Endowed Chair at DePaul University, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Visiting Scholar post at MIT, the Poet-in-Residence at Westminster College (UT), and the Lund-Gil Endowed Chair at Dominican University (IL) . Other awards include a Carl Sandburg Award, a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Sor Juana Achievement Award by the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago, and the Lifetime Achieve Award by Latina 50 Plus.
"[Castillo] writes of her struggles with childhood poverty and the many obstacles that her family had to face on a daily basis. . . . It is a high-wire act to bring together a combination of personality characteristics and specific cultural touchstones and make it resonate with a wider readership, but the author handles it well. . . . A compassionate look at those crossing points in our shared lives." --Kirkus "This exquisite memoir is full of compassion and maternal love." --NBC News "Reading Black Dove is like sitting down to an intimate chat with Castillo about growing up with one foot in your parents' world and the other in your own. Thank you for this gift." --Veronica I. Arreola, founder of Viva La Feminista "Orale! Castillo teaches us how to become the Latina sister outsider we all dream of being." --Ileana Jimenez, founder of Feminist Teacher "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" is like sitting down to an intimate chat with Castillo about growing up with one foot in your parents world and the other in your own. Thank you for this gift. Veronica I. Arreola, founder of "Viva La Feminista" "Orale"! Castillo teaches us how to become the Latina sister outsider we all dream of being. Ileana Jimenez, founder of "Feminist Teacher" Ana Castillo is an American treasure. Fearless, compassionate, and flat-out brilliantshe is the writer we need as we navigate the challenges of our ever-changing world. Tayari Jones, author of" Silver Sparrow""