Alberto Álvaro Ríos
Alberto Álvaro Ríos is an award-winning author and Arizona’s Poet Laureate. He joined “Books & Co.” mid-way through the 2009 season.
Ríos is the author of 10 books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories and a memoir.
Ríos is the recipient of the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award, the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Walt Whitman Award, the Western States Book Award for Fiction, six Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and fiction, and inclusion in “The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry,” as well as over 250 other national and international literary anthologies. His work is regularly taught and translated, and has been adapted to dance and both classical and popular music.
Ríos is a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, where he has taught for more than 30 years and where he holds the further distinction of the Katharine C. Turner Endowed Chair in English.
Ron Carlson (2004-2009)
After a hiatus from 1998-2004, “Books & Co.” returned with Ron Carlson as host. He continued on through early 2009 – with the exception of one episode in 2008, in which Jana Bommersbach returned to interview Carlson about his latest book.
Ron Carlson and Jana Bommersbach (1993-1998)
The first hosts of “Books & Co.” were writer and former ASU Professor Ron Carlson and journalist/author Jana Bommersbach. From the show’s inception in 1993 until 1998, Carlson and Bommersbach alternated as host.