José Montoya, Poet, Activist, Teacher and Painter

Happy Birthday to José Montoya (1932 – 2013), poet, activist, teacher and painter, born on May 28, 1932.  Montoya’s grandparents from Mexico received a land grant from the US government.  They settled near Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Montoya was born.  Montoya earned his MFA at Sacramento State University.  He helped to found the Mexican American Liberation Art Front (MALAF) and the Rebel Chicano Art Front (RCAF).  Montoya is regarded as one of the most important bilingual Chicano poets, and served as the Poet Laureate of Sacramento, California.
Feliz cumpleaños a José Montoya (1932 – 2013), poeta, activista, maestro y pintor, nacido el 28 de mayo de 1932. Los abuelos de Montoya de México recibieron una merced de tierras del gobierno de Estados Unidos. Se establecieron cerca de Albuquerque, Nuevo México, donde nació Montoya. Montoya obtuvo su MFA en Sacramento State University. Ayudó a fundar el Frente de Arte de Liberación Mexicano Estadounidense (MALAF) y el Frente de Arte Chicano Rebelde (RCAF). Montoya es considerado como uno de los poetas chicanos bilingües más importantes, y actualmente se desempeña como Poeta Laureado de Sacramento, California.

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