José Montoya, Poet, Activist, Teacher and Painter

Happy Birthday to José Montoya, 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.