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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ana Castillo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: 1953 in Evanston, Illinois


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.

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-- 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.