Elaine Castillo

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Elaine Castillo
Castillo at the 2018 Texas Book Festival
Castillo at the 2018 Texas Book Festival
BornMilpitas, CA
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley Goldsmiths, University of London
Notable worksAmerica Is Not the Heart (2018)

Elaine Castillo is a Filipina American writer. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended University of California, Berkeley. In 2009, Castillo moved to London and later received a MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London.[1][2] She was a three-time recipient of the Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prize for prose while at UC Berkeley, and she has also been nominated for the Pat Kavanagh Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a Gatewood Prize.[1][3][4]

Her first novel, America Is Not the Heart was published in 2018 and received widespread acclaim. Ligaya Mishan, writing for the New York Times Book Review, describes it as "hungrily ambitious in sweep and documentary in detail, and reads like a seismograph of the aftershocks from trading one life for another".[5] Maris Kreizman, wrote in Vulture that "the writing in America Is Not the Heart is tremendous, the descriptions evocative, and the characters will stay with you".[6] Parts of the book take place in Milpitas, California, where Castillo grew up. The title of the novel is a reference to Carlos Bulosan's novel America Is in the Heart.


  • America Is Not the Heart, Viking, 2018 ISBN 978-0735222410


  1. ^ a b Singson, Blooey. "Millennial Fil-am writer Elaine Castillo releases debut novel". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  2. ^ "A Little Bit Like Worship: An Interview with Elaine Castillo". Asian American Writers' Workshop. 2018-04-25. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  3. ^ "Prizes and Honors / Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prizes in Poetry and Prose". Financial Aid and Scholarships | UC Berkeley. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  4. ^ "SWITCHBACK BLOG: Gatewood Prize Results". SWITCHBACK BLOG. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  5. ^ "A Debut Novel Traces the Filipino Experience in the United States". The New York Times. 2018-05-02. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  6. ^ Kreizman, Maris. "10 Books We Can't Wait to Read This Spring". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-05-27.