El Paso author Sasha Pimentel Chacón recently won the American Book Award from the Before
Columbus Foundation for her West End Press book Insides She Swallowed, a debut collection of thirty-one poems that use rich imagery to explore the human appetites. Chacón draws on metaphors of consumption and sensuality from her family life and Filipino heritage in her work.
“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, West End Press publisher.
West End 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. Learn more about Sasha and her work at www.sashapimentel.com.