Upcoming Visiting Writers:

Luis Alberto Urrea

Friday April 4th, 7:00 p.m., Wood Center

Luis Alberto Urrrea is a prolific and award-winning writer.  He is a master of language and a gifted storyteller who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.

Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, Luis grew up in San Diego, California.  Like so many great writers, Luis got his start in literature writing poems to impress girls in junior high school.  His early heroes were all rock stars, but not being especially musically gifted Luis chose to follow in the steps of his literary role models.  A fanatical hunger for reading pushed him over the edge at the age of 13, "I just had to do what my heroes were doing" he has said.

As a young man Luis served as a relief workler amongst people living in the Tijuana garbage dumps prior to receiving a teaching Fellowship to Harvard University.  "The border" has defined his life and colored much of his writing.  Regarding this point he once said "the border is simply a metaphor that makes it easier for me to write about the things that separate people all over the world, even when they think there is no fence."