Luis Alberto Urrea

Fiction, Memoir, Poetry

Novelist, poet, and essayist Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of 17 books and a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. His first book, Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border (1993), was named a New York Times Notable Book and won the Christopher Award. His memoir Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life (1998) won an American Book Award. Urrea's other works include The Water Museum (2015), a 2016 PEN-Faulkner Award finalist and Washington Post best book of the year; Into the Beautiful North (2009), a Big Read selection by the National Endowment of the Arts; The Devil’s Highway (2004), a Lannan Literary Award winner and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and The Hummingbird’s Daughter (2005), a Kiriyama Prize winner. Urrea currently lives in Naperville, Illinois, where he is a distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Festival Years: 2012