Alberto Álvaro Ríos began hosting Books & Co. in 2009. No stranger to the series, he was the first guest author in 1993. Rios is a Regents' Professor at Arizona State University, where he has taught for over 30 years and where he holds the further distinction of the Katharine C. Turner Endowed Chair in English. In 2013, Ríos became Arizona's first Poet Laureate, and in 2014 he became a Chancellor in the Academy of American Poets.
Rios is the author of ten 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 was the 2009 OneBookAZ adult selection.
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.
The Dangerous Shirt
The Theater of Night
The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body
Teodoro Luna's Two Kisses
The Lime Orchard Woman
The Warrington Poems
Whispering to Fool the Wind
Short Stories Collections
The Curtain of Trees
The Iguana Killer
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