Sabine Ulibarrí

Sabine Ulibarrí

Dr. Sabine Reyes Ulibarrí (September 21, 1919 – January 4, 2003) was an American poet. He was also a teacher, a writer, a critic, and a statesman. Ulibarrí was born in Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico.

Sabine Ulibarrí served his country in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was decorated for his valor during the war with two medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. After the war he continued his studies at the University of New Mexico where he received his Master's in Spanish. After teaching for a few years at UNM he enrolled in the University of California, Los Angeles where he worked on his doctorate in Spanish literature. After receiving his doctorate in 1958 from UCLA he returned to the University of New Mexico and taught Spanish and Spanish-American literature until he retired in 1982.

Sabine Ulibarri is known widely for his use of language when crafting his stories, and the use of details of rural New Mexican Spanish and native American life. His stories are considered some of the earliest roots in modern Chicano Literature taking shape both in Spanish and English. His books, Mi Abuela Fumaba Puros (My Grandmother Smoked Cigars)' and 'Mi Caballo Mago (My Wonder Horse)' and " are considered by many native New Mexican Chicano writers as quintessential examples of modern chicano literature and have inspired countless young chicanos/chicanas to become writers and educators.

Some argue that Sabine Ulibarri was one of the last great thinkers of modern chicano literature -- besides Rudolfo Anaya -- who was grounded in what would be termed the 'old ways,' he was able to recollect for younger chicanos a sense of place, and enlighten them with stories of the difficulties of living in Tierra Amarilla; a town of which became famous during the Tierra Amarilla Court House raid, unknown if any of Ulibarri's family or friends were involved in such contentious moments in New Mexican history. Sabine Ulibarri could be credited with highlighting the struggle of traditional values versus modern American law and policies such as 'manifest destiny' and how they began eroding at over 500 years of agricultural and spiritual-based traditional lifestyles of northern New Mexico; however, he did so eloquently in his prose without ever digressing into political dissertation.

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