Alberto Ríos



Department of English, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ 85287-0302

(480) 965-3800, office; (480) 965-3168, department   ·



Academic and Editorial Positions, recent

Arizona State University. Tempe, Arizona.  Katharine C. Turner Distinguished Chair in English, 2003—; Regents’ Professor, 1994—; Professor of English, 1989-1994—; Director, Creative Writing Program, 1986-89, 1992-93; Associate Professor of English, 1985-1989; Assistant Professor of English, 1982-1985; Visiting Professor of English, 1982.

Centrum Writers’ Conference.  Port Townsend, WA.  Faculty.  Summer 2001, 2005.

Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing.  Prescott, AZ.  Faculty.  Summer 1998.

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.  Middlebury College.  Middlebury, VT.  Faculty.  Summer 2010 and 1995.

University of Idaho.  Moscow, Idaho.  Distinguished Visiting Writer, Fall 1993.

Vassar College.  Poughkeepsie, New York.  Writer-in-Residence, Spring 1992.

Southwest Texas State University.  San Marcos, Texas.  Adjunct faculty, 1991—

Poet Lore, Contributing Editor, 2006—; Night Boat, Ed. Board, 2004—; Red Rock Review, Ed. Board, 2000—; Mid-American Review, Consulting Editor, 1998—; Colorado Review, Contributing Editor, 1993—; Ploughshares, Advisory Editor, 1992—; Pushcart Press, Contributing Editor, 1989—; Manoa, Corresponding Editor, 1989—.


Honors, Awards, selected

One Book Arizona 2009; “Arizona HistoryMaker,” Arizona Historical League lifetime achievement award (2005); National Book Award Finalist (2002); Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award (2002); Walt Whitman Award, Academy of American Poets; Guggenheim Fellowship, Poetry; Western States Book Award for Fiction; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Poetry; Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award; Arizona Governor’s Arts Award; Prairie Schooner Edward Stanley Award for Poetry; Arizona State University “Research and Creativity Award”; ASU “Faculty Achievement Award”; ASU “Last Lecture” Professor; Mountain Plains Library Association “Author of the Year”; Chicanos Por La Causa “Community Appreciation Award”; six Pushcart Prizes in poetry and fiction.


Publications, selected

     Books: The Dangerous Shirt (2009), The Theater of Night, The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body, Capirotada, The Curtain of Trees, Pig Cookies, Teodoro Luna’s Two Kisses, The Lime Orchard Woman, The Warrington Poems, Five Indiscretions, The Iguana Killer, Whispering to Fool the Wind, Sleeping on Fists, Elk Heads on the Wall. 


     Anthologies: Over 250 national and international anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, Best American Poetry, The Heath Guide to Literature, The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets, American Literature, The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, New American Poets of the 90s, Up Late: American Poetry Since 1970, Modern Poems: A Norton Introduction, An Introduction to Poetry, Pieces of the Heart, New Worlds of Literature, Modern American Poets, The Harper American Literature, Approaching Poetry.


     Journals: Over 300 individual publications, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, New Letters, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Story, Gettysburg Review, Manoa.



Master of Fine Arts.  Creative Writing.  University of Arizona. 

             Tucson, Arizona.  1979.

Bachelor of Arts.  Psychology, with Honors.  University of Arizona. 

             Tucson Arizona.  1975.

Bachelor of Arts.  Literature/Writing, with Honors.  University of Arizona.

             Tucson, Arizona.  1974.


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