Tony Diaz -
The Cultural 
Writer, activist, professor and media personality Tony Diaz has led some of the most fascinating modern movements based in our community. This year, he's taking that cultural capital to the next level. 
Writer, activist, and professor Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, was the first Chicano to earn a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. He earned his bachelor's degree in Communications from De Paul University in Chicago. Diaz is currently a professor of Mexican American Literature and Rhetorical Analysis in Houston, Texas.

Diaz is also a political analyst on "What's Your Point" which airs on Fox 26 Houston. He also hosts the weekly bilingual radio program Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say which covers Latino Literature, Art, and Politics on KPFT 90.1 FM Houston. His essays have appeared in the Houston Chronicle, The Texas Observer,, the Los Angeles Times, and The Huffington Post Latino Voices, among other publications. He wrote the novel The Aztec Love God and is included in "Hecho En Tejas: The Anthology of Texas Mexican Writers". He recently launched the column “The Cultural Accelerator” to address issues that other publications don’t address in a unique style and point of view.

Diaz made national and international news when he led the Librotraficantes in defying Arizona's ban of Mexican American Studies by leading veteran members of Nuestra Palabra to organize the 2012 Librotraficante Caravan to smuggle books banned in Tucson back into Arizona. He is the lead writer and editor for the textbook "The Mexican American Studies Toolkit". He also is an educational consultant for school districts implementing innovative curriculum. Diaz currently resides in Houston where he continues to fight for Intellectual Freedom and Freedom of Speech.

Highlights of accomplishments

* Founded Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say April 1998.

* Founded the NP Radio Show on 90.1 FM KPFT March of 2001.

* Organized the Latino Book and Family Festival 2002-2007 -the largest book fair in Houston and one of the largest in Texas.

* First Chicano to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

* Author of the award-winning novel "The Aztec Love God"

* Co-founder and leader of the Librotraficante Movement

* Advocate for Mexican American Studies

* Mainstream media and social media pioneer.