Rudolfo Anaya’s Poetic Side

In 1972, the quintessential New Mexican author Rudolfo Anaya published his best-known novel, Bless Me, Ultima. In it, he depicts his early childhood on the rolling flatlands of the desert outside Santa Rosa, known as the llano. Bless Me, Ultima and the many novels, essays, plays, short stories and children’s books Anaya later authored have come to be as definitive of New Mexico’s essence as our red-hued sunsets or unraveling expanses.