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Rolando Hinojosa-Smith Honored by National Book Critics Circle

Posted: March 26, 2014
Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Departments of English and Spanish & Portuguese

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Departments of English and Spanish & Portuguese

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Lozano Long faculty affiliate, was honored with the prestigious Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle earlier this month in New York.

Hinojosa-Smith, who is 85, is the author of the Klail City Death Trip cycle of novels, set in the fictional Belken County, located along the Texas–Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley. He is also the author of short stories, translations, and essays. The National Book Critics Circle refers to him as “the dean of Chicano literature.”

Hinojosa-Smith is Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor in Creative Writing #1 in the Department of English and also teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo courtesy of Marsha Miller

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