REFORMA mourns the passing of Rudolfo Anaya

This week the world learned of the passing of a great literary figure, Rudolfo Anaya. REFORMA is saddened by this news and we are sure we are not alone in this sentiment. The great Chicano author known for his acclaimed novel Bless Me, Ultima, was one of the most admired authors of our time. His literature touched many lives and his inspiration to better those around him is what makes Mr. Anaya a legend. Along with his 2015 National Humanities Medal presented by President Obama, Anaya leaves a legacy of accomplishments and awards. Anaya’s works can always be found in libraries across the country as they are a foundation for storytelling that resonates with our communities. His works are a foundation for the Chicano literature canon, one that facilitates our narratives on the page. 

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of beloved author Rudolfo Anaya. 

On behalf of the REFORMA 2020-2021 Executive Committee,

Oscar Baeza, President

Nicanor Diaz, Vice President/President-elect

Kenny Garcia, Immediate Past President

Alma Ramos-McDermott, Secretary

Denice Adkins, Treasurer

Manny Figueroa, Eastern Region Chapter Representative

Esther de León, Central Region Chapter Representative

David Lopez, Western Region Chapter Representative

Allina Migoni, Member-at-Large Representative


Established in 1971, REFORMA has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino-oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share our goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population with regard to the availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos. For more information on REFORMA, visit