Alfred Arteaga

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Alfred Arteaga (1950 – July 4, 2008) was a Chicano poet, writer, and scholar.


Arteaga was born in East Los Angeles and raised in Whittier, California.[1] He attended Monte Vista High School, which has since been converted to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's academy. He received a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Columbia University in 1974, and a master's degree and doctorate in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1984 and 1987, respectively.[2]

From 1977 to 1987, Arteaga taught as an instructor of Mexican American Studies and English at San José City College. He served as an assistant professor of English at the University of Houston from 1987 to 1990. Arteaga originally joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, in 1990 as an assistant professor of English and was tenured in the Department of Ethnic Studies in 1998. He became a Professor in 2008. His studies and teaching focused on the contributions of contemporary Chicano literature and music to American culture. He drew attention to the hybrid culture of Chicano writers by focusing on their hybrid use of language.[3]

He is the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship (1993–94), a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry (1995), and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award (1998).



  • Cantos (Chusma House Publications, 1991) ISBN 0-9624536-2-5
  • Love in the Time of Aftershocks (Chusma House and Moving Parts Press, 1998) ISBN 1-891823-00-0
  • Red (Bilingual Review Press, 2000) ISBN 0-927534-94-0
  • Frøzen Accident (Tia Chucha, 2006) ISBN 1-882688-32-5

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  1. ^ Aldama, Frederick Luis (2010). Spilling the Beans in Chicanolandia: Conversations with Writers and Artists. University of Texas Press. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-292-78435-2.
  2. ^ "Alfred Arteaga". UC Berkeley Department of Ethnic Studies. 2006-05-17. Archived from the original on 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  3. ^ "Poet Alfred Arteaga, professor of Chicano and ethnic studies, dies at 58". HUniversity of California, Berkeley. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2020-04-26.