The contents of the Ana Castillo Collection represent the beginnings of a prolific
Chicana writer and teacher, whose body of work is expected to grow significantly as her
career continues to develop. The material in this collection provides much insight into
the formative processes in the evolution of a writer. The writings in the collection date
back to Castillo's college years; at the time, Castillo was active in organizing Latino
artists, the Association of Latino Brotherhood of Artists was one such group. Her first
major work, Otro Canto (1977), reflects the socio-political themes of
oppression of Third World men and women. With the publication of The
Invitation (1979), the thematic emphasis in her poetry is on feminist and Latina
sexuality. The Castillo Papers consist of daily journals, personal and professional
correspondence, files documenting Castillo's professional activities, a few photographs,
silkscreen drawings, and manuscripts to her published and unpublished writings. The
records date from 1973 to 1990 and are housed in sixteen archival boxes spanning seven
linear feet. The collection will be augmented on a continuing basis.
Ana Castillo (June 15, 1953-) is a celebrated poet, novelist, short story writer, and
esaayist. Castillo was born and raised in Chicago. She has one son, Marcel Ramón Herrera,
born in Evanston, Illinois, on September 21, 1983. In 1993, Castillo married George R.
Esenwein, an associate professor of history at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
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Three subseries designated confidential at request of donor