Rudolfo A. Anaya Biography

Playwright, Poet, Author, Educator (1937–)
Rudolfo Anaya is an American writer best known for his Chicano-themed works such as 'Bless Me, Ultima,' 'Heart of Aztlán' and 'Tortuga.'


Rudolfo Anayais an American writer and educator who was born on October 30, 1937, in Pastura, New Mexico. Anaya taught high school and college courses while writing novels with groundbreaking Chicano themes about the human condition. He received acclaim for Bless Me, Ultima (1972), Heart of Aztlán (1976) and Tortuga (1979). His most recent works of fiction include Randy Lopez Goes Home: A Novel (2011), and “The Old Man's Love Story" (2013). In 2013, Bless Me, Ultima was adapted as a full-length film. The author has greatly influenced the landscape of Chicano literature and continues to write while garnering literary awards. In 2015, he was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.

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