Founder of Blue Mesa Review, Rudolfo Anaya, is among a select few who will receive a 2015 National Humanities Medal tomorrow, awarded by none other than President Obama. The BMR staff congratulates Rudolfo on this well-deserved acknowledgment of his hard work and dedication to the arts!

Anaya, the acclaimed author of Bless Me, Ultima, has long been a champion of the writing that comes out of the American Southwest. In 2010, Anaya and late wife, Patricia, charitably funded a lecture series at The University of New Mexico that aims to further discussions surrounding great Southwest literature.

On Thursday, September 29thBlue Mesa Review joins The University of New Mexico’s Department of English and co-sponsors in welcoming renowned novelist, memoirist, and poet, Rigoberto González, as the next presenter in the Anaya Lecture Series. González is the author of Unpeopled Eden, Butterfly Boy: Memoir of a Chicano Mariposa, So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks, Autobiography of My Hungers, and others.

This event will be free and open to the public, and will be held in the George Pearl Hall Auditorium. The lecture is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and book signing to follow. We hope that you’ll attend to both celebrate Anaya’s wonderful accomplishment, as well as to hear Rigoberto González’s lecture, which is sure to be fascinating and inspiring!

Aaron Reeder