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www.knme.org - Myth-maker, magician, grandfather and guru of Chicano literature author Rudolfo Anaya is best known for introducing readers to the unique landscapes and characters of New Mexico, reawakening traditions and defying stereo-types of the Mexican American experience. He published his first novel in 1972 a coming of age story set in rural New Mexico about a boy cast into a spiritual world of contradictions and guided by a traditional healer or curandera named Ultima.
The book Bless Me Ultima put New Mexico on the literary map and gave birth to Anayas prolific writing career, which has included a steady and diverse flow of novels, short stories, mysteries, plays, epic poems, and childrens books. His work has earned him national honors, such as the1970 Premio Quinto Sol Literary Award and the 2003 Presidential Medal of Arts. Yet his affinity for la raza - the people - and la tierra - the land - have earned him an honorary place in the humble hearts of New Mexicans.