Mr. Urrea is sponsored by the Marshall Foundation
Luis Alberto Urrea is the best-selling author of 16 books, including "The Devil's Highway," The Hummingbird's Daughter" and "Into the Beautiful North." His short story collection, "The Water Museum," was a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Fiction award. Born in Tijuana, Urrea has focused much of his efforts on the people of the border regions. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Urrea has won the Lannan Literary Award, the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize, an American Book Award, the Christopher Award and an Edgar Award, among other honors. His novel "Into the Beautiful North" is a current selection of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program and is being developed as a series for TNT. An adaptation by acclaimed playwright Karen Zacarias is currently on a world premiere tour and will be in San Diego in April. Urrea's books have been selected by more than 45 different cities and colleges for community reads programs, and he is in high demand as a speaker, lecturer and teacher. His has strong ties to Tucson, though he currently lives in Chicago where he is a distinguished professor of Creative Writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His new novel, "The House of Broken Angels" will be published next year.