Alberto Ríos, 10th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Alberto Ríos

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Newport News Room, Webb Center; Mills Godwin Life Sciences Auditorium

Author/Artist Bio

Alberto Ríos won the Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman Award for his first full-length collection, Whispering to Fool the Wind. His collection of short stories, The Iguana Killer, won the Western States Book Award for Fiction, and was showcased at international bookfairs by the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have been published in over 100 magazines, translated into several languages, and set to music. His play Rossetti's Smile and his short story "And Then They Watched Comedies" have been produced on stage. A native of Nogales, Arizona, Ríos has the bi-cultural perspective of the Chicano growing up literally on the borderline. His work allows access to the secrets and struggles of two cultures, and illuminates the uneasy truces and compromises between them. Ríos' characters struggle with their heritage and a sense of self. Their battles often represent a cultural coming of age. Ríos is director of the creative writing program at Arizona State University.

Booklist Poetry: Whispering to Fool the Wind; Five Indiscretions; Elk Heads on the Wall; Sleeping on Fists; The Lime Orchard Woman (due out in 1988). Stories: The Iguana Killer.


Alberto Ríos talked on "Cross-Genre Writing" at 11 am., Wednesday, October 7, in the Newport News Room, Webb Center.

He also read from his poetry and fiction at 8:00 that evening in Mills Godwin Auditorium.


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