Anaya Resources

This section of the RADA site is a library of print and online resources about Rudolfo Anaya and his work. Anaya is a prolific writer whose work spans many genres of fiction and non-fiction, and much commentary about his work has been produced. Included here are web links to articles, books, audio and video, interviews, and other websites on topics such as biographical information, literary criticism, and closer looks at his writerly, public, and private lives. You can also contact us at the UNM University libraries with any inquiries or research interests.


Incredible Elfego Baca : Good Man, Bad Man of the Old West

Rudolfo Anaya writes a foreword for Howard Bryan's Incredible Elfego Baca. Includes a written note by Teresa Marquez.

Published Plays

La Casa Teatro presents Rudolfo Anaya's Angie

An immediate press release of the opening of Rudolfo Anaya's bilingual play Angie along with a handwritten note about Anaya's significance in Chicano Theatre.


Rudolfo Anaya Annotated Source Reference Bibliography

An annotated bibliography of scholarly and critical resources on Rudolfo Anaya's life and work.

A Sense of Place: Rudolfo A. Anaya: An Annotated Bio-Bibliography

 This work is the most comprehensive bibliography of Anaya's work currently available. Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Rudolfo Anaya Clippings Inventory

Inventory of the Rudolfo Anaya vertical files at the Center for Southwest Research.

The Works of Rudolfo Anaya

List of works of author Rudolfo Anaya.

Awards and Honors

100 Most Influential Hispanics

Author Rudolfo Anaya enlisted among the 100 most influential hispanics in the October issue of Hispanic Business.

ABQ Wall of Fame’s newest member is Rudolfo Anaya

An article in the Albuquerque Journal celebrating Rudolfo Anaya's induction into the Wall of Fame at the Alvarado Transportation Center in 2014. The article includes a brief biography and a description of the award ceremony.

Awards & Honors: 2015 National Humanities Medalist Rudolfo Anaya

This is the formal announcement of Rudolfo Anya being selected to receive the 2015 National Humanities Medal. The article includes an overview of Anaya's literary works and commentary about the ground upon which he was selected to receive the award.

Rudolfo Anaya : National Humanities Medal

"I've been thinking a lot about what this recognition means, and I've decided it's not just about me. This award is about the people of New Mexico." - Rudolfo Anaya.

Rudolfo Anaya to Receive Western Writers of America's 2018 Owen Wister Award

Rudolfo Anaya will receive the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature from Western Writers of America.

The Innocente by Rudolfo Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya spoke to fans and colleagues about his trip to Washington to receive a National Medal of Arts from US President George W. Bush.

Criticism and Interpretation

Rudolfo A. Anaya: A Critical Companion

In this volume, published in 1999, Margarite Fernández Olmos provides an overview and analysis of several novels by Rudolfo Anaya, including Bless Me Ultima (1972), Heart of Aztlán (1976), Tortuga (1979), Alburquerque (1992), Zia summer

Rudolfo A. Anaya: Focus on Criticism

Published in 1990, Focus on Criticism was the first critical anthology dedicated to a Chicano author.

Unpublished Works

Author Signing Schedule

The announcement made by Cultura Latina Bookstore about authors signing at the booths with schedule printed inside.

High entertainment, Warmhearted and good-humored, Celebration of a tradition, Deep respect for a people, Major contribution to literary history

A formal announcement in UNM Press about Hillerman, Harris, Silko, Anaya and Hill and their literary artworks. 

The Burning of El Koo-Koo-EE

Informal Announcement about Anaya’s El Koo-koo-ee proposal.


'Ultima' author Anaya knows book has fans, critics

Rudolfo Anaya talks about the religious issues raised in the novel Bless Me, Ultima, his would be censors and role of Chicano literature in United States schools during a phone interview from his home.


Author Rudolfo Anaya seeks to help raise self-esteem of young readers

Author Rudolfo Anaya is interviewed by the NEA and interesting questions come up - the reasons for his books devoted for the young audiences and his frequent school visits.

Conversations with Rudolfo Anaya

A collection of interviews with Rudolfo Anaya, conducted over the course of over 20 years, from 1976-1998.

Interview in New Mexico Magazine, February 2011

A short interview with Rudilfo Anaya, which appeared in the February 2011 issue of New Mexico Magazine.

One-on-One with Rudolfo Anaya

Author Anaya provides us with a heatfelt perspective on what it took to write the inspiring and classical novel, "Bless Me, Ultima" - Latina Lista

Rudolfo Anaya on the Filming of Bless Me, Ultima

The Review interviewer Mike Raul Ornelas interviews Rudolfo Anaya about the planned filming of his novel Bless Me, Ultima.

The Godfather

Rudolfo Anaya shares with Carmella Padilla that "It's the connection and the understanding between my Indo-Hispanic cultures. If people don't make that connection, they don't understand New Mexico."

News Articles

'Ultima ' blesses the stage, too

A live performance of critically acclaimed novel Bless Me, Ultima hits the stage.

'Ultima' Film Comes to N.M.

"Bless Me, Ultima" is coming home after the novel's adaptation premiered in Texas.

A larger landscape

Author Rudolfo Anaya surprised by honors from Western Writers group, a national organization of more than 650 men and women who write about old and new west.

A New Mexico Christmas Reading List

The Christmas reading list features New Mexico related Christmas scenes that can help the reader rest, relax and cultivate the right holiday mood.

A Spiritual Journey

"Bless Me, Ultima" will have its New Mexico premiere at the Santa Fe Independent film Festival at 7pm.

A taste of adventure

David Steinberg writes a review of "How Chile Came to New Mexico" by Rudolfo Anaya.

A Whole of Many Parts: Albuquerque by Rudolfo Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya has sketched a history of albuquerque within the framework of his novel.

ABQ author honored on Wall of Fame

The 'godfather of contemporary Chicano literature' is second honoree.

Actress Miriam colon, who played Ultima, dies

Colon earned wide acclaim for her role as the New Mexico Hispanic healer Ultima in the movie "Bless Me, Ultima."

Albq author hopes to make it to film

Charlotte Black talks about Rudolfo Anaya's original teleplay "Rosa Linda" and the hope to get transmitted into a film.

America to see Bless Me, Ultima

Low budget film was such a hit in NM, it goes national today.

Anaya's version of 'La Llorona' legend comes to stage

"The Season of La Llerona" will be staged at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Author Anaya Humbled By National Arts Honor

President Bush announced that author Rudolfo Anaya will receive a National Medal of Arts for 2001.

Ay, Compadre!

Cecelia Aragon directs 'Ay Compadre'.

Billy the Play

Billy the kid, el Bilito, has a history in New Mexico. Rudolfo Anaya shows onstage the Kid Hispanics loved and Anglos hated - Richard Benke.

Bless Me, Ultima : Century Rio, Century 14 Downtown, Cottonwood Stadium 16

Carl Franklin directs the film adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima.

Bless Me, Ultima author honored

Author Rudolfo Anaya gives a thumbs up after being inducted into the Albuquerque Wall of Fame.

Bless Me, Ultima opera dates set: Composer is Hector Armienta, who worked with author Anaya on libretto

The 1972 critically acclaimed novel is brought to the opera stage by the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Opera Southwest.

Bless Me, Ultima premieres

Author Rudolfo Anaya and actor Luke Ganalon talk with reporters before the movie's New Mexico premiere.

Booknotes : Winning Novelist

Ronald L. Ruiz is announced as the winner of 1998 Premio Aztlan for his novel "Giuseppe Rocco".

Celebrating a lifelong connection: North Valley library renamed for iconic New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya

Author Rudolfo Anaya greets children from Alameda Elementary School outside the newly renamed Rudolfo Anaya North Valley Library.

Collection focuses on New Mexico

The article discusses about works of New Mexican writers including Rudolfo Anaya's play "Who Killed Don Jose?" 

Colorado Book Banning Makes N.M. Author's Tale More Relevant

Writer Jim gives the suspects for banning Bless Me Ultima from the Associated Press reports.

Creating another Valentine's Day to remember

Rudolfo Anaya agrees to recite a love poem for Anne-Bolger-witherspoon, wife of Lonnie Anderson.

Cultural impressions

The exhibit by Augustine Romero features visual interpretations of Rudolfo Anaya's celebrated book Bless Me, Ultima.


Dean of Chicano Literature: salutes Cesar Chavez

El Paso artist Gaspar Enriquez illustrated the cover for Rudolfo Anaya's next book, "An Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavez".

Diversification Follows Intense Writing Decade

Dean of Chicano writers, Rudolfo Anaya explains why it is hard to write short than long.

Farolitos for Abuelo

'Farolitos For Abuelo' continues the story of the life of Luz and her grandfather, from 'The Farolitos of Christmas'.

Farolitos sheds a light on holiday tradition: Gonzales tells a warm story

With the illustration by Edward Gonzales of every New Mexican children can identify with the book's imagery.

Heart & soul : 'Ultima' role in opera a 'thrill' for New Mexico native

Adrian Gomez discusses the new Bless Me, Ultima Opera.

Holiday tale is one of family and community spirit in hard times

Valli Marie Rivera declares that the entire New Mexican village comes to life in this play that is being produced.

Imagination Rewarded @ your library

The Aztlan Literary Award Winner Mary Helen Lagasee author of The Fifth Sun will give a lecture entitled, Breaking Barrio images: A Voice from the Deep South.

Library Renamed

North Valley branch named in honor of famed author Rudolfo Anaya.

Literary Bounty

Rudolfo Anaya and a host of other writers help fight hunger this week

Lujan Applauds Recognition of Rudolfo Anaya at the White House

Washington, D.C.  – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement congratulating New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya, who received the National Humanities Medal today at the White House.

Man of Visions: Trial-blazing author Rudolfo Anaya approaches 80th birthday still writing, still dreaming

Rudolfo Anaya's fiction has been fueled by characters that come to life and by memories that will not die.

Matanza celebrates Anaya

"The event celebrated the author Rudolfo Anaya and teacher's work, as well as a scholarship created in his name." - Joe Buffaloe

Metaphorical flora: A trio is rescued. And, hollyhocks blossom where they hadn't grown before

The book "How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico" by Rudolfo Anaya explains the origins of hollyhocks - a popular, drought-resistant garden flower.

Musical Turns Childrens Tale Into Yule Tradition

Novelist Anaya wove for his granddaughter a tale of traditions crossing the generations - Sue Holmes.

Nation honors author Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya is congratulated by President Bush and first lady Laura Bush after being awarded a National Medal of Arts at a ceremony.

New Mexico novel still fuels fears

And many more people have found value in the book than have found things to criticize.

Novel Impressions: Ultima Exhibit, February 2018

A news article in the Albuquerqure Journal that describes an art exhibit at the National Hispanic cultural Center. The exhibit is a collection of works inspired by Rudolfo Anaya's novel Bless Me, Ultima.

Novel pokes head out of shell

Anaya talks about his third novel Tortuga and the difiiculty in revealing the emotions that all the kids and he had gone through.

Parable for Our Times : 'Jalamanta' is more spiritual search than story

A review of Jalamanta : A message from the dessert by Victor Perera.

Poet of the Barrio : Struggling for the power in the Southwest

"Albuquerque, Anaya's first novel  in more that 10 years is a juicy tale about family, politics and a city where different cultures - Chicano, Anglo and Native American - jostle for power." - Susan Miller

President honors N.M. author Anaya

The White House announced that author Rudolfo anaya will be awarded the national Medal of Arts.

Puzzling details derail 'Compadre!

Author Rudolfo anaya tries his hand at playwriting with "Ay, Compadre!"

Read it, Kids ! Your Parents Don't Have to Know!

California School District Removes Bless Me, Ultima from Curriculum.

Reading series to highlight Hispanic writer Rudolfo Anaya

Anaya reads from his work in Richardson Auditorium on the East Campus of Del Mar College and in the auditorium of the Art Museum of South Texas.

Rudolfo A. Anaya - 1937

A short biography of Author Anaya.

Rudolfo Anaya honored for 'pioneering stories'

Rudolfo Anaya calls out to the audience in the East Room of the White House after receiving the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.

Rudolfo Anaya shares 'The Man Who Could Fly' and vintage stories in collection

David Steinberg gives the review of Rudolfo Anaya's The Man Who Could Fly.

Running Wild : Authors use animal characters to teach kids important life lessons

Author Rudolfo Anaya ans Albuquerque artist El Moises make these colorful characters larger than life in their instructive children's book.

Students Bless 'Ultima'

Eighth-graders are angry because Rudolfo Anaya's book was banned in a Colorado high school.

The Journal of a Chicano in China

In the journal Rudolfo Anaya writes about his impressions of the communication that he had with the people of China. 

The land, the man, his work

Charlotte Black interviews author Rudolfo Anaya.

The Old Man's Love Story

The short work is full of after-death conversations between the old man and the woman.

Treasured Tiles : In the market for a rare read? Antiquarian Book Fair hits the shelves this week

Mark Holmen is selling his copy of Bless Me, Ultima a signed first edition hardback witha dust jacket fpr $3500.

Tricentennial Matanza honors Rudolfo Anaya

Proceeds from The Matanza, organized by UNM's creative writing program will benefit the new Rudolfo Anaya Scholarship/Fellowship Fund.

True love story

Rudolfo Anaya's creative memoir tackles mortality, memory and the drive to live

Ultima Banned At Colo. School

Norwood High School has banned "Bless Me, Ultima" saying that it is too profane for the students. 

What is a New Mexican?: Education is key; let's celebrate teachers

The journal asks various New Mexican leaders to tell the readers what it means to them to be a New Mexican.

Words to Live By: A Piece of Timely Advice from Rudolfo Anaya sets Award-Winning Writer Luis Alberto Urrea on his Life's course

Review of Luis Alberto Urrea's novel, "The House of Broken Angels."

Writers' Workshop Brings Authors/Writers Together

Rudolfo Anaya and Teresa Marquez discuss the author's books.


About the Rudolfo Anaya Digital Archive

A brief video introduction to the Rudolfo Anaya Digital Archive (RADA) website.


Dream Weaver: Turning 80, acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya looks back and ahead

Author Rudolfo Anaya approaches 80th birthday still writing; still dreaming.

Final Big Read at NHCC

The event of NEA's The Big Read initiative celebrates Anaya's literary work where free copies of the classic novel "Bless Me, Ultima" will be distributed.

Lectures, Events and Performances

Join us for an all day marathon reading of Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima

Celebrating 40th anniversary of Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima.

La Bella Notte: The Board of Opera Southwest Requests the Honor of Your Presence

Celebrating the World Premiere Armienta Bless Me, Ultima on January 26 at 6.00 in the evening.

La Ultima Exhibicion

La Ultima Exhibicion from February 16 to November 11 where Augustine Romero is the guest curator.

Rudolfo A. Anaya Renowned Nuevo Mexicano, Author, Poet and Playwright

Community College of Southern Neveda and The Associated Students of CCSN proudly presents Rudolfo Anaya at Nicholas Horn Theater.

UIC Reading Series

An event organized by the University of Illinois at Chicago - 

21st Aspen Writers' Conference

The summer program offers workshops in poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children's literature where Rudolfo Anaya was one of the guest speakers.

A Milestone for Opera Southwest & bless Me, Ultima

The story Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya is an opera, premiering at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and performed by Opera Southwest within its 45th anniversary season.

Armienta World Premiere: Bless Me, Ultima

The composer Hector Armienta tells Rudolfo Anaya's epic novel Bless Me, Ultima through the power of Opera.

Ay, Compadre!

Theatrical presentation of "Ay, Compadre!" written by Rudolfo Anaya and directed by Cecelia Aragon.

La Ultima Exhibicion: Bless Me, Ultima

A 102 minutes screen adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima in Bank of America Theatre

Notable New Mexican's Gala Dinner Invitation

Invitations sent out for the Gala Dinner.


Bless Me, Ultima at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.

Renaming Ceremony of Rudolfo Anaya North Valley Library

An event to honor Rudolfo Anaya and his contribution to the city of Albuquerque

Rosa Linda

Theatre ticket for Rosa Linda at NHCC.

Rosa Linda: Every Rose has a thorn

World premiere of Rudolfo Anaya's explosive tale of love, lust, betrayal and redemption.

Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya

Rudolfo and Patricia entrusted the University of New Mexico's General Library with Rudolfo's entire manuscript collection which resides with Center for Southwest Research/Special Collections.

Rudy Anaya's 80th Birthday

Rudolfo Anaya's 80th birthday celebrations.

Season 45 : Albuquerque's Opera

Season tickets for the Opera Southwest Season 45.

The Paul Bartlett Re Peace Prize of the University of New Mexico

Author Rudolfo Anaya was awarded with the Life Time Achievement Award in literature.

Tortuga A Novel

Tortuga is Anaya's personal journey exploring the significance of pain and suffering after a swimming accident.

Book Reviews

Intriguing New Mexico

A review of Rio Grande Fall by Rudolfo Anaya.

Poems from the Río Grande by Rudolfo Anaya

"Poems from the Río Grande is the first collection of poems by a revered Chicano writer who writes for la gente (the people) but who has also been acclaimed by literary critics around the world for his lyrical prose." - Roberto Cantú


Rudolfo anaya's New "Sorrows"

Rudolfo Anaya talks about his recently published book "The sorrows of Young Alfonso" which is deemed to be a "fictional memoir".


Latino Literature and Art Gallery

Holiday issue of the newsletter.

Making the news this week

This is Weekly Report's 50th and final edition of 1988.

Journal Articles

A Chicano in China

New Mexico novelist Rudolfo Anaya searches for symbols of his Native American soul.

A Passion for History : A conversation with Rudolfo Anaya

"As mestizos, we have to understand not only our European heritage, but also our Native American heritage." - Rudolfo Anaya

Anaya's Tortuga

Tortuga presents the agonizing and tragic world of one who is trapped, be it by a physical impediments or a mental barrier - Armando Miguelez.

Cuentos de los Antepasados - Spanning the Generations

Adapted from a speech presented to the Seventh Annual Bilingual / Multicultural Education Regional Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 12, 1978 - Rudolfo A. Anaya.

Fantasias : Dreams and Illusions

Discussion of Tortuga in terms of various general features of magic realism.

La Llorona : Tale of Woman's Ultimate Sacrifice

A review of Rudolfo Anaya's La Llorona by David J. Corwell.

Rudolfo Anaya : The Chicano Worldview

William Clark discusses about Anaya's novels such as Zia Summer, Alburquerque, Bless Me, Ultima, Heart of Aztlan, Tortuga and Farolitos of Christmas.

The Courage of Expression

The following is an amended version of an address delivered by Rudolfo A. Anaya in September, 1981 to the New Mexico Council of Teachers of English - Editor.