Saturday, April 16, 2011

Featured New Mexico Author: Rudolfo Anaya

A distinctly New Mexican voice

Don't be surprised if the man in the picture above looks familiar. Chances are you have seen Rudolfo Anaya around Albuquerque and New Mexico, at an event supporting writing, education, or just New Mexico in general.

A native New Mexican, Rudolfo seems tireless in his efforts to bring to light the things that make New Mexico and New Mexicans special. His 1972 work Bless Me, Ultima is considered a classic and is often used in schools, and he has since written many works set in a distinctively New Mexican environment. Many of these books are for children and young adults.

Besides his literary works, Anaya has also been a schoolteacher and a professor at the University of New Mexico, and a constant promoter of education and Chicano writers.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is hosting a well-deserved tribute to Rudolfo Anaya on Saturday, April 16 2011. Below is the notice from the Cultural Center's calendar.

Join in the celebration honoring one of New Mexico's foremost authors!
Stories of Rudy: Tribute to Rudolfo Anaya

4 pm -- Free ticketed event

Albuquerque Journal Theatre

Native New Mexican Rudolfo A. Anaya is a founder of the contemporary Chicano literary movement and one of the most celebrated Mexican American writers. Best know for his iconic novel Bless Me, Ultima, he has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts in 2001, for both his contributions to contemporary literature and his long-standing promotion of U.S. Hispano writers. This event, part of the conference "East Coast/South West Dialogue on Narrative Voices and the Spoken Word," and recognizes his many achievements as storyteller, writer, educator, and mentor.

Tickets will be available at the box office one hour before the show. Call (505)724-4771 for more information.

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