Rudolfo Anaya, an homage from the Santa Fe Reporter

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Rudolfo Anaya portrait in the National Portrait Gallery

First published June 30, 2020

Author Rudolfo Anaya died at his home in Albuquerque on Sunday among friends and family at the age of 82.

A titan in his field and recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal, the Bless Me Ultima scribe had phased into writing children’s books in the last few years.



2018’s Owl in a Straw Hat/El Tecolote Del Sombrero de Paja, written by Anaya and illustrated by El Moisés, was a bilingual love letter to children growing up in New Mexico, and its 2019 followup, No More Bullies!/¡No Más Bullies deepened his owl character’s lore while offering wisdom about bullies to youths.

In 2009, former SFR writer Charlotte Jusinski dubbed Anaya’s Shaman Winter the Best Locally Authored Book of the year, and a 2012 review of the film version of Bless Me Ultima had writer Jose Chavez saying it helped him “understand why New Mexicans are so proud of this story.”

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Anaya received the Premio Quinto Sol literary award for Bless Me, Ultima, 1970

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