Rudolfo Anaya


June 28, 2020


Rudolfo Anaya was called the "godfather" of Chicano literature. He was best known for his novel, "Bless Me, Ultima." For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

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Dear Rudy, the Old Man has guided you to the other side of the river. Like Randy López, you are finally home, enjoying the sunset with Patricia and a good bottle of tinto. I miss you, and yet, I feel you close by, and at times I speak in silence to you. I listen to the recordings of our conversations throughout the years and your voice soothes and lightens my soul, and once again my life grows richer because of you. Gracias, viejo amigo, y hasta siempre.

rest in peace my friend miss u rcu

Although I never met this wonderful author, I have been teaching "Bless Me, Ultima" to my college students for many years. The book, which has remained a favorite of mine, was instrumental in sparking my interest in the New Mexico culture(s) and landscape(s) and has even been responsible for sparking a friendship forged when I visited the Hispanic Cultural Center for the art exhibition based on the novel. I was too early, but met some wonderful ladies who asked me to join them for...

Thank you Rudolfo Anaya for your voice in American literature! I remember reading the last pages of Bless Me Ultimate to my 9th grade class in Gilroy twenty years ago and crying. I was so moved by your characters and your writing. I feel fortunate to have met Anaya and have passed on his literature to my students and children. May God bless you. My condolences go out to the family and friends. Anaya's spirit will live on in his works.

My sincerest condolences. I was fortunate to play "Gabriel" in the movie Bless Me, Ultima but even more fortunate to reconnect with Rudolfo on set after many years when we filmed all over northern New Mexico. I grew up in the South Valley of Albuquerque and my mom Margarita ran a theater company "La Compañia" where Rudolfo was a member and mentor. Through his storytelling, the New Mexican corazón was shared so that we can teach our children and the world about our special...

He was and will continue to be the pillar of Chicano Literature. His spirit is running in the in the llano, blessed by Ultima. May he Rest in Peace.

Our family mourns your loss with you. Deepest condolences from the family of Eugenio Bonney in Clovis New Mexico.

My condolences to Patricia and the many friends, aspiring Chicano writers and readers of our Chicano folk hero whose magical words of the Llano inspired us to write our own stories. Adios Primo y gracias por darnos animo y abril la puerta for the Latino Writers who will follow your lead. Tu Primo Segundo Marvin Guadalupe Romero "MESTIZO The Old Man"