Latina author discusses works at BU

For immediate release: Feb. 2, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — Latina feminist theorist, essayist, novelist and poet Ana Castillo will speak at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. The program in McCormick Center room 2303 is free and open to the public.

The presentation is sponsored by BU's Student Living Learning Center reading group, which recently read one of Castillo's essays and her collection of short stories, "Loverboys."

Castillo, who currently teaches English at DePaul University in Chicago, received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for her first novel, "The Mixquiahuala Letters." Her other honors include a Carl Sandburg Award, a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in fiction and poetry. She was also awarded a 1998 Sor Juana Achievement Award by the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago, which twice hosted book launches for her.

She has presented lectures in Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Her latest novel, published in 1999, is "Peel My Love Like an Onion" and her most recent work is a collection of poetry, "I Ask the Impossible." Her work is included in several anthologies, and she has been profiled and interviewed on National Public Radio and the History Channel. Castillo lives in her hometown of Chicago with her son.

The reading group is sponsored by the BU's Consortium for Race, Gender and Ethnicity; the Multicultural Center; BU’s departments of English, languages and cultures, and gender and women's studies; the LGBT Commission; the diversity and retention office; and the Social Justice and Sustainability Living Learning Community.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.