Ana Castillo 

Ana Castillo 

Chicana Award-Winning Novelist

Ana Hernández del Castillo was born on June 15, 1953 in Chicago, Il. She is a celebrated Hispanic-American poet, feminist, and civil rights activist. While earning her degree in art education at Northeastern Illinois University, she was inspired to use her voice and pen to champion political and social injustices. Her first published work in 1977, Otro Canto, was a collection of poems. Soon after she returned to school to pursue a M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago. Her next work, The Invitation, tackled sexuality from the feminine perspective.

In Women Are Not Roses, she captures the inequities that working class women face while trying to thrive financially and give and receive sexual romance. Castillo’s writing has lent a voice to feminists, Latinas, lesbians, and everyone oppressed by powers and political systems through poetry, novels, short stories, and memoirs. She continues to be a resounding voice today and has received many awards and acknowledgments for her life’s work, such as the 1st Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Endowed Chair at DePaul University, fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in both fiction and poetry, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in literature by Latina 50 Plus in 2015, to name a few.

Citation & further reading: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/ana-castillo