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In Memory

Prize-winning poet and former professor Amanda Castro died in Honduras, March 19


Prize-winning poet, publisher, and former professor Amanda Castro, died in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 19, 2010.

Castro authored several books and was recognized with two top poetry prizes in Central America. She will be remembered as an accomplished poet and a dedicated teacher and activist for women rights.

Taught at Colorado State 1997-2001

Castro taught at CSU between 1997 and 2001, when she left on medical disability. She continued to work tirelessly for women’s rights in her native Honduras, practically until the day she passed away .

In her relatively short life (1962-2010), Castro accomplished a great deal:

  • She wrote a number of poetry books and a sociolinguistic study on Honduran Spanish.
  • She founded the Ixbalam editorial house and several women collectives around creative writing and the arts, in Tegucigalpa.
  • Her poetry earned her the “Certamen de Joyas Florales” poetry prize of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean in 1993, and the “Hoja del Laurel” prize in Honduras in 2008.

Contact: Paola Malpezzi Price
Phone: (970) 491-3838