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An Evening With Ana Castillo

  • Student Center Ballroom A (map)

Ana Castillo, one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Chicana literature, reads from her forthcoming memoir, BLACK DOVE: Essays on Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me (Feminist Press, 2016). In BLACK DOVE, Castillo turns her perceptive eye on her own life as a single, brown, feminist parent of a son in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling, mother-blaming, and the scapegoating of immigrants. The cherished Chicana feminist novelist, playwright, and non-fiction writer speaks from the heart about the challenges and difficulties of growing up brown in Chicago and, a generation later, witnessing her own son’s spiraling adulthood and eventual incarceration. In a country of glaring and stacked statistics, it is a heart-wrenching, soul-crushing experience especially reserved for mothers like her: the inner-city mothers, the single mothers, the mothers of brown sons. With fierce intelligence and raw honesty, Castillo also opens up for the first time about the love of her life, a woman who left her heartbroken, about being a strapped writer and mother, and about her quest for spiritual and personal fulfillment. Following Castillo’s reading will be a Q&A and author signing. This event is co-sponsored by Sonoma State University’s Associated Students Productions, Queer Studies Lecture Series, the HUB, and the departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies. The event is free and open to all.