Saturday, July 19, 2008
Professor Alfred Arteaga, prolific poet, dies
He became an assistant professor of English at UC Berkeley in 1990 and was tenured in the Department of Ethnic Studies in 1998. He published five collections of his poetry, interspersed with fiction. These works included: "FrØzen Accident" (2006), "Zero Act" (2006), "Red" (2000), "Love in the Time of Aftershocks" (1998) and "Cantos" (1991). He also published a book on literary theory called "Chicano Poetics: Heterotexts and Hybridities" (1997).
After his death, many of his students wrote comments about him on Barbara Jane Reyes' poetry blog.
"Cervantes and Shakespeare died on the same day. I wonder what other great soul passed last week to accompany (Professor Arteaga) to the land of fast cars, screaming guitars, and what I can only assume is a wonderland of wine, women and song," wrote Andrea Solomon, one of his former students.