College of Liberal Arts

Creative Writing, Chicano Literature Professor Rolando Hinojosa-Smith Wins National Book Critics Circle’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Tue, Feb 4, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas—Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, professor in the departments of English and Spanish and Portuguese, has been honored with the 2013 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle.

The award is given annually to a person or institution—a writer, publisher, critic, or editor, among others—who has made significant contributions to book culture over time. 

An accomplished novelist, translator and essayist, the 84-year old Hinojosa-Smith is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor of Creative Writing. He is best known for his ambitious Klail City Death Trip series of novels. He is also a mentor and inspiration to several generations of writers. A recipient of the 1976 Premio Casa de las Americas, Hinojosa-Smith has taught life and literature of the Southwest at UT Austin for nearly three decades.

Among his many honors, Hinojosa-Smith is the recipient of numerous literary awards including the Premio Quinto Sol for his first novel, Estampas del valle y otras obras, and the most prestigious prize in Latin American fiction, Casa de las Américas, for his second book, Klail City y sus alrededores. His other novels include Ask a Policeman, The Useless Servants, Becky and Her Friends, Dear Rafe, and Rites and Witnesses.

He will be honored at an award ceremony on March 13 in New York City. Go to this website for more details.

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