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Ana Castillo received her Ph.D. from the University of Bremen in 1991. She has since received honorary degrees and literary prizes almost too numerous to list. Novelist, poet, editor, translator, painter, coiner of the term xicanisma, Ana Castillo is the author of several works in multiple genres.

Her collections of poetry include Otro Canto (1977), The Invitation (1979), Women are Not Roses (1984) and My Father was a Toltec (1988, rev. ed. 1995), and her latest work, I Ask the Impossible (2001). Her children's book, My Daughter, My Son, The Eagle, The Dove (2000) was listed as a "commended title" by the Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature.

Castillo's first novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters (1986), received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for presentation at bookfairs in Frankfurt and Buenos Aires. Sapogonia (1990, rev. ed. 1994), a New York Times "notable book," was a sprawling political novel that showed Castillo's tremendous scope of interest. But it was her So Far from God (1993) that brought Castillo a national reputation and critical acclaim. Her latest novel, Peel My Love Like an Onion (2000), was nominated for the Dublin Prize. She is also the author of a collection of short stories entitled Loverboys (1996).

Castillo's non-fiction includes a collection of her essays, Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma (1994), and a collection of stories, poems, and essays about Our Lady of Guadalupe, which Castillo edited, La Diosa de las Americas/Goddess of the Americas (1996).

Clarissa Pinkola Est}s, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves, has written that Castillo "is immensely insightful in every sense of the word. Her work, anything and everything written by her . . . must be read if one is to gain understanding of the vast landscape of soul and life lived with vitality." A native of Chicago, Castillo has lived, studied, and taught all over the U.S. and Europe. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and was recently recognized for "outstanding contributions to the arts" by the National Association of Chicano Studies.

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