AAHHE William Aguilar Cultural Arts Award

The AAHHE William Aguilar Cultural Arts Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the understanding of the national Latino community and/or culture through the fine, creative, and performing arts.


2022 William Aguilar Cultural Arts Award Recipient



Elizabeth Acevedo, MFA
Best Selling Author and Poet


Elizabeth Acevedo, MFA is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Poet X, which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award. She is also the author of With the Fire on High—which was named a best book of the year by the New York Public Library, NPR, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal—and Clap When You Land, which was a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor book & Kirkus finalist. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo lives with her partner in Washington, DC.


List of Past William Aguilar Cultural Arts Award Recipients:

  • 2021 Javier Avila
  • 2020 Juan Felipe Herrera
  • 2019 John A. Lopez
  • 2018 Laurie Ann Guerrero
  • 2017 Ana Castillo
  • 2016 Juan Felipe Herrera
  • 2015 Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
  • 2014 Octavio Roca
  • 2013 Benjamin Saenz
  • 2012 Alma Flor Ada
  • 2011 Chon Noriega
  • 2010 Francisco Aragon
  • 2009 Bessy Reyna
  • 2008 Javier Áuila
  • 2007 Helena Maria Viramontes
  • 2006 Edward Gonzales
  • 2005 Cordelia Chávez Candelaria
  • 2004 Alberto Rios
  • 2003 Rudolfo Anaya
  • 2002 Juan Delgado
  • 2001 Teófilo Jaime Chahín
  • 1996 Nicholas Kanellos & Gary D. Keller