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Current Issue: April 14, 2003
Volume 38, Number 18

New Mexico State Senate honors Chicano writers

By Carolyn Gonzales

New Mexico State Senators Manny M. Aragon and Ben Altamirano recently sponsored a senate memorial in honor of Sabine Ulibarri, UNM emeritus professor in the Spanish and Portuguese department. Ulibarri died Jan. 4.

New Mexico Senators Ben Altamirano, left, and Manny Aragon display the memorial document honoring UNM Chicano writers. Photo by Carolyn Gonzales.

Wishing to express the senate’s condolence upon Ulibarri’s death, the memorial states, in part, that Ulibarri was a celebrated New Mexico writer, a pioneer in the field of bilingual books and continued the tradition of Spanish as a literary language of New Mexico.

He taught Spanish and creative writing, served as chair of Modern and Classical Languages and was one of a few “true Chicano writers,” according to colleague Alfred Rodriguez.

The memorial states, “Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate of the State of New Mexico that condolences be expressed. . .and that his great contribution to the literature of New Mexico and Hispanic culture be recognized.”

Aragon also sponsored a senate memorial to honor another UNM Chicano writer, Rudolfo Anaya, professor emeritus, English. Anaya received senatorial congratulations for receipt of the National Medal of Arts, which President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush awarded to Anaya last April.

The memorial states, in part, that Anaya is considered the dean of Chicano literature, best known for his coming-of-age novel, “Bless me Ultima,” and has written novels, children’s books, poems, short stories, essays and plays. It states, “...Be it resolved...that congratulations be extended to Rudolfo Anaya for his contributions to New Mexico and for winning the ...National Medal of Arts.”