Dr. Tomás Rivera is one of Texas State University’s most distinguished alumni. He was born in Crystal City, Texas, to a family of migrant farm workers, and he worked in the fields as a young boy. His novel …y no se lo tragó la tierra / …And the Earth Did Not Devour Him was published in 1971 and is widely regarded as his masterpiece. In 1995, Texas State's College of Education established the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, which honors authors and illustrators who create literature depicting the Mexican American experience. The 2015-2016 Common Experience theme celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Tomás Rivera Book Award, as well as the life and legacy of Dr. Rivera himself. See Alkek Library material by Dr. Tomás Rivera.
Juan Felipe HerreraU.S. Poet Laureate, 2015-Photo Courtesy of Blue Flower Arts
On June 10, 2015, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Juan Felipe Herrera as the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. See Alkek Library materials by Juan Felipe Herrera.
Sandra Cisneros has been honored with numerous awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Texas Medal of the Arts.
See Alkek Library materials by Sandra Cisneros and Wittliff Collections.
Library Material by and about Notable Latinos:
Julio Cortazar | Jorge Luis Borges | Isabel Allende | Mario Vargas Llosa | Gabriel Garcia Marquez | Carlos Fuentes | Juan Rulfo | Ernesto Sabato | Julia Alvarez | Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz | Octavio Paz | Carlos Fuentes | Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda | Laura Esquivel | Saúl Sánchez | Severo Perez | Gary Soto | Sandra Cisneros | Rudolpho Anaya | Junot Diaz
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Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award | @Alkek
Awarded by Texas State University's College of Education to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. The award was established in 1995 and was named in honor of Dr. Tomas Rivera, a distinguished alumnus.