Alberto Rios

Ross-Blakley Hall 220
PO Box 871401
TEMPE
Piper Center Director and University Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5002

Biography

Alberto Álvaro Ríos is the author of 10 books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. His books of poems include, most recently, "The Dangerous Shirt," along with "The Theater of Night," winner of the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, "The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body," 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," which won the Walt Whitman Award. His three collections of short stories are, most recently, "The Curtain of Trees," along with "Pig Cookies" and The Iguana Killer," which won the first Western States Book Award for Fiction, judged by Robert Penn Warren. His memoir about growing up on the Mexico-Arizona border, called "Capirotada," won the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award and was designated the OneBookArizona choice for 2009.

Ríos is the recipient of the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award, the Arizona Governor's 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 300 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.

Ríos is a Regents' Professor at Arizona State University, where he has taught since 1982 and where he holds the further distinction of the Katharine C. Turner Endowed Chair in English.  In 2013, he was designated the inaugural Arizona Poet Laureate, and in 2014 was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.

Education

  • M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Arizona 1979
  • B.A. Psychology (Honors), University of Arizona 1975
  • B.A. Literature/Writing (Honors), University of Arizona 1974

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 580 Practicum
Spring 2018
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ENG 287 Beginning Workshop Poetry
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 593 Applied Project
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 664 Mixed Genres
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 680 Practicum
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 667 Issues in Writing Professions
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 664 Mixed Genres
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 593 Applied Project
ENG 680 Practicum
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 667 Issues in Writing Professions
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 593 Applied Project
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 593 Applied Project
ENG 664 Mixed Genres