Ana Castillo is an award winning poet, novelist, essayist, editor, playwright and translator. Her writings have been the subject of much scholarly research and a number of publications. Her novel Sapogonia was a winner of the New York Times Notable Book of the Year Award. She is the editor of La Tolteca, an arts and literary magazine dedicated to a world without borders or censorship. She serves on the advisory board of the American Writers Museum. She has held the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Endowed Chair at DePaul University, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Visiting Scholar post at M.I.T., and was the Poet-in-Residence at Westminster College in Utah, among other teaching positions. She holds an MA from the University of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Bremen, Germany.