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Jose Montoya

Born: 1932

Death: Sep 25, 2013

Birthplace: Sacramento

Profession: Teacher

Nationality: United States

Jose Montoya

Date of Birth : 1932
Date of Death : Sep 25, 2013
Birth Place : Sacramento

Jose Montoya was a poet and an artist from Sacramento, California. He was one of the most influential Chicano bilingual poets. He has published many well-known poems in anthologies and magazines. He was Sacramento's poet laureate. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised, along with his brother, Malaquias Montoya, in the San Joaquin Valley in California. He and his family were migrant farm workers and Montoya started helping in the fields at age nine. The experience made Montoya decide that "farm work would not be his destiny." His mother was an artist herself, stenciling images for churches and homes and creating her own pigments and his experiences assisting her helped him think about becoming an artist. During the Korean War, he was in the United States Navy. After the Korean War, he used his GI Bill to go to college. He entered San Diego City College as an art student, Montoya later transferred to the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1962. He began his career by teaching at Wheatland Union High School. Later, he earned his MA in 1971 from California State University.


  • Teacher
  • Artist
  • Poet
  • Visual Artist

Also known as

  • Jose Montoya


  • Richard Montoya
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