Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
Bless Me, Ultima took Anaya seven years to write and was first published by the Chicano magazine El Grito. In 1972, Anaya was awarded the prestigious Premio Quinto Sol Award for the novel. He then went on to write two more novels to complete his New Mexican trilogy, Heart of Aztlàn (1976) and Tortuga (1979). From the beginning of his career, he has been a passionate promoter of Chicano literature. In fact, many say he has done more to promote its publication than any other single person. He has also been an eloquent proponent of multiculturalism and pluralism in American culture, and speaks and writes regularly on the bigotry that people of color still face in this country.
Currently a professor emeritus of English and creative writing at the University of New Mexico, Anaya is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels. He has also written plays, poems, essays, short stories, books for children, and a series of mystery novels featuring police investigator Sonny Baca. Anaya received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush in 2001.
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