Author Jimmy Santiago Baca Named Recipient of Luis Leal Literature Award
By ANDREA ESTRADA
JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA, an award-winning poet, novelist, and essayist, is the recipient of the 2010 Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. The award, co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Book Council, will be presented at a ceremony at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, in the campus’s Corwin Pavilion. The event is free and open to the public.
Born in New Mexico of Indio-Mexican descent, Baca is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award for Poetry, the International Hispanic Heritage Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the International Prize, which he received for his novel “A Place to Stand.” He has held a Regents Chair at UC Berkeley, The Wallace Stevens Endowed Chair at Yale University, and The Endowed Hulbert Chair at Colorado College.
“Jimmy Santiago Baca is a voice of Chicano survival in a country that has too often marginalized Chicanos and other Latinos,” said Mario T. García, professor of Chicana and Chicano studies and of history. García is also the organizer of the Leal Award.