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Rudolfo Anaya. Photo: c. Michael Mouchette, courtesy University of New Mexico Press

Rudolfo Anaya: Fiction, Plays and Children's Fiction

Famed for portraying the flavor of New Mexico through exquisite prose and wondrous storytelling, Rudolfo Anaya has been hailed as the father of Chicano literature in English. The winner of the PEN Center West Award for Fiction for his novel, Albuquerque, he is perhaps best known for his bestseller Bless Me, Ultima, which won the Premio Quinto Sol national Chicano literary award. His other works include Zia Summer, Rio Grande Fall, Jalamanta, Tortuga, Heart of Aztlan, Anaya Reader, and his most recent mystery novel, Shaman Winter.

A professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico, Mr. Anaya has also written short stories, essays, and children's books.

Documentation includes his novels, Shaman Winter, Zia Summer, and Rio Grande Fall; a love poem, Isis in the Heart; two children's books by Anaya : Farolitos for Abuelo and The Farolitos of Christmas; and two publications about Anaya : Conversations with Rudolfo Anaya, edited by Bruce Dick and Silvio Siria , and pláticas: Conversations with Hispanic Writers of New Mexico by Nasario Garcia . 

Originally submitted by: Jeff Bingaman, Senator.



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