Black Dove: Mama, Mi'jo, and Me

Black Dove: Mama, Mi'jo, and Me

by Ana Castillo


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Growing up as the intellectually spirited daughter of a Mexican Indian immigrant family during the 1970s, Castillo defied convention as a writer and a feminist. A generation later, her mother's crooning mariachi lyrics resonate once again. Castillo—now an established Chicana novelist, playwright, and scholar—witnesses her own son's spiraling adulthood and eventual incarceration. Standing in the stifling courtroom, Castillo describes a scene that could be any mother's worst nightmare. But in a country of glaring and stacked statistics, it is a nightmare especially reserved for mothers like her: the inner-city mothers, the single mothers, the mothers of brown sons.

Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me looks at what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling, and police brutality. Through startling humor and love, Castillo weaves intergenerational stories traveling from Mexico City to Chicago. And in doing so, she narrates some of America's most heated political debates and urgent social injustices through the oft-neglected lens of motherhood and family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558619234
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 473,430
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ana Castillo is one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Chicana literature. She is the author of So Far From God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, as well as The Guardians, Peel My Love like an Onion, and many other books of fiction, poetry, and essays. Her newest novel, Give It to Me won a 2014 LAMBDA Literary Award; her seminal collection, Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma was re-released as a 20th anniversary edition in November 2014; and the award-winning Watercolor Women, Opaque Men will be re-released in a new edition in the fall of 2016 by Northwestern University Press.

Castillo currently holds a faculty post at the Bread Loaf program with Middlebury College (VT). Previous teaching posts have included the first Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Endowed Chair at DePaul University, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Visiting Scholar post at MIT, the Poet-in-Residence at Westminster College (UT), and the Lund-Gil Endowed Chair at Dominican University (IL) . Other awards include a Carl Sandburg Award, a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Sor Juana Achievement Award by the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago, and the Lifetime Achieve Award by Latina 50 Plus.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Until Soon, My Loves

1. Swimming with Sharks (c. PEN World Voices Festival, 2007)
2. Are Sons Born Hunters or Made? (c. Mothers Who Think, 2005)
3. Bowing Out (c., 1999)
4. Her Last Meals (c. More magazine, 2009)
5. Remembering Last Cartoneras (c. Feminist Studies, 2008)
6. Mijo’s Canon in D Major
7. Peel Me a Girl
8. My Mother’s Mexico (c. Latinas, 1995)
9. Searching the Other Side
10. When I Died in Oaxaca (Literature and Arts of the Americas, 2003)
11. For the Next Generation of Dreamers (National Latina/o Psychological Association conference keynote, 2014)
12. And the Woman Fled into the Desert
13. On Mothers, Lovers, and Other Rivals

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