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Friday, January 12, 2018

Ep. 94 - Tony Diaz

Hello and welcome to The Rob Burgess Show. I am, of course, your host, Rob Burgess.
On this, our 94th episode, our guest is Tony Diaz.
Writer, activist, and professor Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, was the first Chicano to earn a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. He earned his bachelor's degree in Communications from De Paul University in Chicago. Diaz is currently a professor of Mexican American Literature and Rhetorical Analysis in Houston, Texas.
Diaz is also a political analyst on "What's Your Point?" which airs on Fox 26 Houston.

He also hosts the weekly bilingual radio program Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say which covers Latino Literature, Art, and Politics on KPFT 90.1 FM Houston. His essays have appeared in the Houston Chronicle, The Texas Observer, CNN.com, the Los Angeles Times, and The Huffington Post Latino Voices, among other publications. He wrote the novel The Aztec Love God and is included in "Hecho En Tejas: The Anthology of Texas Mexican Writers". He recently launched the column “The Cultural Accelerator” to address issues that other publications don’t address in a unique style and point of view.
He is the lead writer and editor for the textbook "The Mexican American Studies Toolkit". He also is an educational consultant for school districts implementing innovative curriculum. Diaz currently resides in Houston where he continues to fight for Intellectual Freedom and Freedom of Speech.
Diaz made national and international news when he led the Librotraficantes in defying Arizona's ban of Mexican American Studies by leading veteran members of Nuestra Palabra to organize the 2012 Librotraficante Caravan to smuggle books banned in Tucson back into Arizona.



In December, A. Wallace Tashima, a U.S. federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, ruled against the state, declaring the ban unconstitutional.
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Here's the column I wrote about Tony Diaz in 2014: http://www.kokomotribune.com/opinion/house_of_burgess/article_9fc3cbfa-48e3-11e4-9d51-ab092046fdbb.html?mode=print

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