Dr. Castillo has won over twenty awards for literature, including the 1993 Carl Sandburg Literary Award in Fiction (So Far From God) and the 2000 Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Commended Title My Daughter, My Son, The Eagle, the Dove: An Aztec Chant. Castillo’s work explores Chicana feminism, which she names “Xicanisma.”
She edited Goddess of the Americas, a unique collection of personal affirmations for the Virgin of Guadalupe. Her essays in The Massacre of the Dreamers are powerful correctives to the omission of Amerindian and Chicana women from political history in the US. In the Fall of 2012 she will serve as Visiting Poet and Writer at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT.