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10/16/2011: Sasha Pimentel Chacón to Accept American Book Award in Berkeley


CONTACT: Amanda Sutton
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Sasha Pimentel Chacón to Accept American Book Award in Berkeley October 16

EL PASO—El Paso author Sasha Pimentel Chacón has won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for her book Insides She Swallowed, published by West End Press. Chacón and other winners will accept their awards October 16 at UC-Berkeley.

The Before Columbus Foundation was founded in 1976 as a nonprofit educational and service organization dedicated to promoting contemporary American multicultural literature. Each year, they bestow the American Book Award to authors whose books were published in the previous calendar year that exemplify outstanding writing without restriction to race, sex, ethnic background, or genre.

Pimentel Chacón’s book Insides She Swallowed is her debut collection of thirty-one poems that use rich imagery to explore the things that sustain human hungers. She draws on the metaphors of consumption and sensuality in recalling her family life and Filipino homeland.

A visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas El Paso’s bilingual MFA program, Pimentel Chacón is honored to have received the award, which has had such notable winners in the past as Rudolfo Anaya, Sandra Cisneros, and Toni Morrison.

“We’re especially pleased that Sasha should win this award, a fitting tribute to a wonderful, strong, audacious voice of the new generation of Filipina writers,” says John Crawford, publisher of West End Press.

The press has won five American Book Awards in the past, going back to 1984.

Pimentel Chacón holds an MFA in creative writing from California State University, Fresno, and her research includes prosody, poetics, Asian American, Latino/a, immigrant, and women’s literature. Her poems and essays have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Callaloo and the Colorado Review, among other publications. She currently lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband the fiction writer Daniel Chacón.

For more information, please visit the following websites:
Sasha Pimentel Chacon:
West End Press:


Amanda Sutton, Publicity
West End Press

The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Winners of the 32nd Annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS

Ceremonies to be held Sunday, Oct 16, 2011,
University of California, Berkeley, Alumni House
1 Alumni House
Berkeley, CA. 94720

Hosted by the Department of English, University of California, Berkeley


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