SSAWW Conference 2015 Update

We are pleased to confirm Ana Castillo as the keynote speaker at the 2015 conference

In novels, short stories, poems, and essays, Ana Castillo explores what Ibis Gomez-Vega has called “those segments of the American population often separated by class, economics, gender, and sexual orientation.” Castillo’s works transcend these boundaries of politics, class, and gender, making her “one of a few Mexican American writers who have attracted the attention of the mainstream reading public” (Ibis Gomez-Vega). Castillo’s prose blends elements of oral history and established literary tradition with innovation and experimentation: she has been called “the most daring and experimental of Latino novelists” (Ilan Stavans). Castillo’s highly-anticipated new novel*Give It To Me* (late spring 2014). In their starred review *Library Journal* lauds the upcoming book as “entertaining from the beginning….Lives up to Castillo’s reputation of creating strong characters that defy stereotypes.”

Whether [she] is writing poetry, essays, or fiction, her work sizzles with equal measures of passion and intelligence.

*So Far From God* could be the offspring of a union between One Hundred Years of Solitude and Gen-eral Hospital: a sassy, mag-ical, melodramatic love child…
—Barbara Kingsolver