Award Ceremony Celebrates Renowned Chicana Author Ana Castillo

Award-winning poet, essayist and novelist Ana Castillo will receive the first Américo Paredes Literature and Letters Award from the Center for Mexican American Studies at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center Auditorium.

Born and raised in Chicago, Castillo is best known for her lyrical stories exploring, love, gender conflict and resistance. In a career spanning more than three decades, Castillo has published more than 20 novels, plays, collections of essays, poetry and short stories. Her works examine such far-ranging topics as gender in the farm workers movement, motherhood, love and friendship, life and culture.

Considered one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Chicana literature, Castillo’s work has been critically acclaimed and widely anthologized in the United States and abroad. Her groundbreaking debut novel, “The Mixquiahuala Letters” (Anchor, 1992), earned the prestigious American Book Award in 1987.

Castillo’s works include the novels “So Far From God” (W.W. Norton and Company, 2005), which earned her both the Carl Sandburg Literary Award in Fiction in 1993 and the Mountains and Plains Bookseller Award in 1994; and “Peel My Love Like an Onion” (Doubleday, 1999), which was nominated for the Dublin Prize in 2000. She has also earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in fiction and poetry.

This event is open to the public. A reception will follow the award ceremony.