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Author, Activist to Speak at WTAMU

Feb. 27, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Author, Activist to Speak at WTAMU

CANYON, Texas—Ana Castillo, a poet, essayist and novelist, will share her thoughts on education, censorship and Hispanic literature in a Distinguished Lecture Series presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall at West Texas A&M University. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the lecture.

The presentation is sponsored by the University’s Distinguished Lecture Series along with the WTAMU Spanish program, Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages and the Haley Chair in WesteAna Castillo photo by Robert A. Molinarn Studies. In addition to the lecture, Castillo also will conduct a writing workshop that afternoon for WTAMU students, faculty and staff in the Classroom Center.

Castillo is a popular speaker on the national lecture circuit with an insight that delves into Hispanic culture, spirituality and history. Her knowledge and experience as an educator combined with her interest in border studies and immigration engages students of all majors and appeals to a wide audience of community members as well. Castillo also has been featured on the History Channel and on National Public Radio.

She is the author of 10 books of fiction, six books of poetry and a book of essays. She has edited several collections of fiction and essays and can list numerous essays and columns for newspapers and magazines to her credit. Castillo also has become known as a banned-book novelist. Two of her works—Loverboys and —are part of a list of banned books that have been pulled from Arizona’s public schools thanks to HB2281, a bill that prohibits ethnic studies in the public education system. Castillo has been critical of the legislation and urges the parents and citizens of Arizona to make government officials accountable. Arizona citizens have been supportive of Castillo and active in hosting community lectures and presentations so students can continue to hear her speak.

Castillo has received countless accolades and numerous awards including a Carl Sandburg Award, a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for her novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters. The National Endowment for the Arts has also recognized Castillo with fellowships in fiction and poetry, and the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago presented her the 1998 Sor Juana Achievement Award.

The Distinguished Lecture presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrew Reynolds, assistant professor of Spanish, at areynolds@wtamu.edu or 806-651-2466.


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