University of New Mexico honoring Rudolfo Anaya with lecture

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The University of New Mexico is honoring acclaimed Mexican-American novelist Rudolfo Anaya with a special lecture series in his name.

Novelist and poet Rigoberto Gonzalez is scheduled Thursday to take part in the Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest days after Anaya was awarded the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. The lecture was created through a donation from the Pastura, New Mexico-born author who also founded the school’s creative writing program.

Gonzalez says Anaya has influenced a generation of Latino writers thanks to his 1972 novel “Bless Me, Ultima.”

University of New Mexico English professor Bernadine Hernandez says in recent years Acoma Pueblo poet Simon Ortiz and Latina playwright Denise Chavez have been keynote speakers for the lecture series.

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