'Dean' of Hispanic Writers Donates Papers to University of New Mexico
Albuquerque author Rudolfe Anaya, known as the "dean" of Hispanic writers, has decided to donate his papers to the University of New Mexico.
"I'm a UNM grad. I taught there. I just think that's where they belong," said Anaya, professor emeritus in the school's English department.
Anaya, whose best known novel is Bless Me Ultima, has written mysteries, plays, essays and books for young readers. He has two books coming out later this year from UNM Press - a children's picture book and his translation from Spanish of 12 stories from New Mexico's Hispanic oral tradition.
UNM's dean of library services, Camila Alire, showed interest in having his papers at the university's Center for Southwest Research at Zimmerman Library, Anaya said. He said library officials took him to lunch and told him, "We'd love to have the papers and (we'll) take good care of them."
Another key to his decision was Teresa Marquez, a longtime friend and colleague who selects Southwestern literature for the center and various academic departments, and is curator for Chicano and Chicana Studies. …