Ana Castillo is Amused at Being Called the “Grande Dame of Chicana Literature.”
In Conversation with Andrew Keen on Keen On
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In this episode, Andrew talks with Ana Castillo, author of Donna Cleanwell Leaves Home, on her “truth-seeking” fictional characters and her amusement at being considered the “grande dame of Chicana literature.”
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Ana Castillo is a celebrated poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator, and scholar. Born and raised in Chicago, her award winning, bestselling titles include the novels So Far from God, The Guardians, Peel My Love like an Onion, and Sapogonia, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and the poetry collection I Ask the Impossible. She has received numerous awards, including the 2018 PEN Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award, the Fuller Award for Lifetime Achievement, and this year was inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.