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Alberto Rios - The Iguana Killer
Airdate: April 24, 1993

About the Author

Alberto Rios is a Regents' Professor at Arizona State University, where he has taught for over 26 years and where he holds the further distinction of the Katharine C. Turner Endowed Chair in English.

Rios is the author of nine books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. His memoir about growing up on the Mexico-Arizona border, called Capirotada, won the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award and is as the 2009 OneBookAZ adult selection.

RĂ­os 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 200 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.



About this Book

The Iguana Killer, is a book of secrets. It takes us on a picturesque voyage into the heart to those places where it is most generous to live and to those where it is not. While each story is strong and distinct, The Iguana Killer is a true collection, a novel almost. The names of the characters change, the places and the times, yet one essential character, one conglomerated experience emerges: these, then, are the stories of the Chicano, beginning in Mexico, crossing the border at Nogales, and growing up in the U.S.