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Award-winning author/poet, Ana Castillo, to read on Friday

Ana Castillo (Courtesy)

Ana Castillo (Courtesy)

Celebrated fiction writer, poet, essayist, playwright, and editor Ana Castillo visits The Literary Southwest at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the Yavapai College Library Community Room (Building 19, Room 147). Admission is free and open to all.

“Ana Castillo is one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Chicana literature,” said Jim Natal, series director.

Her most recent book, “Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me,” confronts what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling and police brutality.

Two other books earned the New York Times Notable Books of the Year, “So Far From God” and “Sapogonia.” Castillo also authored “The Guardians,” “Peel My Love like an Onion,” and many other books of fiction, poetry, and essays. Her recent novel, “Give It to Me,” won a 2014 LAMBDA Literary Award.

Castillo is the publisher and editor-in-chief of La Tolteca, a literary zine, and currently holds a faculty post at the Bread Loaf program with Middlebury College in Vermont. Raised in a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, she now lives in New Mexico.

An open conversation, audience Q-&-A session, and a book signing follow the reading.

The Hassayampa Institute presents The Literary Southwest is made possible by Yavapai College and the Yavapai College Foundation, with additional support provided by Peregrine Book Company.

For complete author and series information, visit: www.yc.edu/Literarysw or call Series Director Jim Natal through Yavapai College at 928-776-2295.