Ana Castillo

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General Information

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Name: Ana Castillo

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction

Born: 1953 in Evanston, Illinois



Photo Credit: Robert A. Molina

Illinois Connection

Castillo was born and raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

When Anna Castillo was nine years old, she wrote her first poems following the death of her grandmother. She is a writer, poet, editor and educator and also cofounded the literary magazine Third Woman. Ana Castillo now lives in New Mexico.

Published Works

  • Zero Makes Me Hungry, Scott, Foresman, 1975
  • I Close My Eyes to See, Washington State University Press, 1976
  • Otro Canto, Alternativa Publications, 1977
  • Women Are Not Roses, Arte Publico, 1984
  • The Mixquiahuala Letters, Bilingual Press, 1986
  • My Father Was a Toltec, Poems, West End Press, 1988
  • Sapogonia, Bilingual Press, 1990
  • So Far From God, Norton, 1993
  • Loverboys, Norton, 1997
  • Peel My Love Like an Onion, Anchor, 2000
  • I Ask the Impossible: Poems, Random House, 2001
  • Psst--I Have Something to Tell You, Mi Amor:, Wings Press, 2005
  • Watercolor Women, Opaque Men: A Novel in Verse, 2005
  • The Guardians,Random House, 2007

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Women Are Not Roses

ISBN: 093477028X
Release Date: 1984-02

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The Mixquiahuala Letters

ISBN: 0385420137
Release Date: 1992-03-18

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My Father Was a Toltec: and Selected Poems

ISBN: 140003499X
Release Date: 2004-04-13

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My Father Was a Toltec: And Selected Poems 1973-1988

ISBN: 0393313549
Release Date: 1996-02

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So Far from God: A Novel

ISBN: 0393326934
Release Date: 2005-06-17

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ISBN: 0393331679
Release Date: 2008-07-17

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Peel My Love Like an Onion: A Novel

ISBN: 038549677X
Release Date: 2000-09-12

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I Ask the Impossible: Poems

ISBN: 0385720734
Release Date: 2001-03-20

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Psst . . .: I Have Something to Tell You, Mi Amor

ISBN: 0916727203
Release Date: 2005-04-01

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Watercolor Women / Opaque Men: A Novel in Verse

ISBN: 1931896208
Release Date: 2005-09-01

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The Guardians: A Novel

ISBN: 0812975715
Release Date: 2008-09-09

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Literary Awards

Her awards include an American Book Award for The Mixquiahuala Letters ,the Carl Sandburg Award, a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in fiction and poetry. In 1998 she was awarded the Sor Juana Achievement Award by the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago. In 2006 she was winner of the Independent Publisher Story Teller of the Year Award.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)


Ana Castillo

P.O.B. 1405

Anthony, N.M. 88021


Anne Edelstein Literary Agency LLC

20 West 22nd St. Suite 1603

New York, NY 10010

212 414 4923

External Links

Ana Castillo on WorldCat

Ana Castillo on Amazon


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