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<Ana Castillo, author of So Far From God (Plume, 1994) and Peel My Love Like an Onion (Doubleday, 1999)>
First I want to say that three books is not fair! I'm very beholden to all kinds of writers, alive and otherwise, for a lifetime of inspiration.
That said, I'd have to take with me the book that served as a catalyst for me as a writer. It's called The Three Marias: New Portuguese Letters (currently out of print). It was written by three Marias--Barreno, Horta, and Velho Da Costa--who were all nuns. It's about passion. About the repression of women. It criticized the Catholic Church and addressed incest--forbidden things that had never been spoken about. It was published in 1972, and the writers were arrested for indecency. I read about it in Time at 19 years old and said, "That's for me!" I want to write about women and all their muffled screams, their silenced thoughts. My book, The Mixquiahuala Letters (Doubleday, 1992), is based on it. It's about the communion of women writers and how important it is for us all to be together in our writing.
I've also been thinking a lot about Gertrude Stein and her fearless use of language. It takes a lot of ovaries to write like that and not look over your shoulder! And if forced to have only one poet, I would take along Federico Garcia Lorca. For his spirit. For how he lived and how he died. And for his inimitable love of language and life.

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