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Binder, Wolfgang. “An Interview with Ana Castillo in Chicago, Illinois, January 18, 1982.” Partial Autobiographies: Interviews with Twenty Chicano Poets, edited by Wolfgang Binder, pp. 28–38. Verlag Palm & Enke Erlangen, 1985.

Castillo discusses her formative years and the impact that her personal experiences have on her writing.

Delgadillo, Theresa. “Forms of Chicana Feminist Resistance: Hybrid Spirituality in Ana Castillo's So Far from God.Modern Fiction Studies 44, No. 4 (Winter 1998): 888–916.

Delgadillo explores the various forms of social, religious, and gender role resistance addressed in So Far from God.

Garza, Melita Marie. “Homecoming.” Chicago Tribune Books (26 November 1996): 1, 7.

Garza examines Castillo's childhood, education, feminism, and body of work.

González, Ray. “A Chicano Verano.” Nation (7 June 1993): 772–74.

González provides an overview of recent literary offerings from prominent Chicano/a writers, including a negative assessment of Castillo's So Far from God.

Hampton, Janet Jones. “Ana Castillo: Painter of Palabras.” Americas 52, No. 1 (January 2000): 48.

Hampton examines the life experiences and political opinions that shape Castillo's writing.

May, Barbara Dale. Review of The Mixquiahuala Letters, by Ana Castillo. Hispania 71, No. 2 (May 1988): 313–14.

May praises Castillo's ingenuity in crafting three different versions of The Mixquiahuala Letters.

Navarro, Marta. “An Interview with Ana Castillo.” Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About, edited by Carla Trujullo, pp. 113–32. Third Woman Press, 1991.

Castillo and Navarro discuss Castillo's opinions about feminism and sexuality, as well as the roles that these ideas have in the lives of Chicana and Latin-American women.

Orsi, Robert. Review of Goddess of the Americas: Writings on the Virgin of Guadalupe, edited by Ana Castillo. Commonweal 124, No. 5 (14 March 1997): 24–25.

Orsi explores the deep attachment to—and importance of—the Virgin of Guadalupe as shown by the contributors to Goddess of the Americas: Writings on the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Platt, Kamala. “Ecocritical Chicana Literature: Ana Castillo's ‘Virtual Realism.’” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 3 (Summer 1996): 67–96.

Platt defines the terms “environmental justice” and “environmental racism” and draws parallels between non-fictional injustices and the environmental problems that plague Sofi in So Far from God.

Rothschild, Matthew. Review of Massacre of the Dreamers, by Ana Castillo. Progressive 59, No. 1 (January 1995): 41.

Rothschild expresses admiration for the strong voice Castillo incorporates into Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma.

Additional coverage of Castillo's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vol. 42; Contemporary Authors, Vol. 131; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 51 and 86; Contemporary Women Poets; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 122 and 227; Feminist Writers; Hispanic Writers, Vol. 1; Literature of Developing Nations for Students; and Literature Resource Center.

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