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Alberto Ríos, 2008-2009 Distinguished Visiting Writer

Alberto Rios, 2008-2009 Distinguished Visiting Writer

Ríos, born in 1952 in Nogales, Arizona, is the author of poetry, short stories, and memoir. His books of poems include The Theater of Night, winner of the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, along with The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body, a finalist for the National Book Award; Teodoro Luna's Two Kisses; The Lime Orchard Woman; The Warrington Poems; Five Indiscretions; and Whispering to Fool the Wind. His collections of short stories include The Curtain of TreesPig Cookies, and The Iguana Killer. His memoir about growing up on the Mexico-Arizona border, entitled Capirotada, won the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award.

Ríos is the recipient of the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award, the Arizona Governor Arts Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Walt Whitman Award, the Western States Book Award for Fiction, six Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and fiction, and inclusion in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, as well as over 200 other national and international literary anthologies. His work is regularly taught and translated, and has been adapted to dance and both classical and popular music.

The Dangerous Shirt was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2009.

Ríos is a Regents' Professor at Arizona State University, where he has taught for over 26 years and where he holds the further distinction of the Katharine C. Turner Endowed Chair in English.

Alberto Ríos was in residence as the CDWP Distinguished Visiting Writer from March 4-13, 2009.

Alberto Ríos' Arizona State University webpage