Poet Andrés Montoya earned his BA from California State University-Fresno and MFA from the University of Oregon. A co-founder of the Chicano Writers and Artists Association, Montoya published widely in journals such as The Santa Clara Review and Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingüe, among others. His first book, The Iceworker Sings (1999), received the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize from the University of California-Irvine and the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award.

After his untimely death from leukemia, the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize was created to honor Montoya and his work. It includes a cash prize and publication from Notre Dame University Press for a Latino poet’s first book.