Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

Renowned poet, novelist to speak and sign books at NHCC and MOIFA this week

National Hispanic Cultural Center

April 04, 2022


The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) and the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) are thrilled to welcome Dr. Ana Castillo for two evenings of Hispanic and Latiné literature on April 7-8. 

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on April 7 at NHCC’s Albuquerque Journal Theatre. This is a free ticketed event, and tickets can be reserved online at 

On April 8, Dr. Castillo will travel to MOIFA on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, for a second presentation of her work and a book-signing.  The free program begins at 7 p.m. Call MOIFA for more information: 505-476-1200.

Dr. Castillo, whose works include the novels So Far from God, The Guardians, and Peel My Love like an Onion, in addition to her poetry collection I Ask the Impossible, will be reading from her most recent poetry collection, My Book of the Dead. The reading will be followed by a book-signing. 

"Through her experimental style, Ana Castillo has profoundly elevated the genre of Chicana literature. Her work remains relevant, significant and impactful as our cultural identity evolves,” said Dr. Margie Huerta, NHCC executive director. 

Dr. Castillo is a New Mexico resident, but her work has earned her national and international acclaim. Her accolades include a 1987 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for her first novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters, a Carl Sandburg Award, and a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award.  

Dr. Castillo also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in fiction and poetry. Whether poetry or prose, her work centers on Chicana feminism, tackling themes of racism, classism, and other forms of inequality permeating American life. 

Thursday’s event also kicks off NHCC’s Escribir | Escuchar: Hispanic and Latine Writer Series, which highlights Hispanic and Latiné writers from a variety of backgrounds. Check for additional upcoming events in the writer series as they are announced. This series is generously supported by AARP and the University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research. 


About the National Hispanic Cultural Center 

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities. The NHCC presents mission-related events throughout the year, some produced by its history, literary, performing, and visual arts programs, and others by partnering with external organizations. Events take place at its 20-plus-acre campus, which includes a plaza, an art museum, a historically designated building, a library, and a genealogy center. The NHCC is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and is further supported by the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation. 

About the Museum of International Folk Art 

The Museum of International Folk Art is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the International Folk Art Foundation and Museum of New Mexico Foundation. The mission of The Museum of International Folk Art is to shape a humane world by connecting people through creative expression and artistic traditions. The museum holds the largest collection of international folk art in the world, numbering more than 130,000 objects from more than 100 countries. 

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