Luís Alberto Urrea
|Luís Alberto Urrea|
Luis Alberto Urrea at the 2009 Texas Book Festival.
Urrea is the son of a Mexican father and an American mother. He attended the University of California, San Diego, earning an undergraduate degree in writing, and did his graduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
After serving as a relief worker in Tijuana, and a film extra and columnist-editor-cartoonist for several publications, Urrea moved to Boston where he taught expository writing and fiction workshops at Harvard University. He has also taught at Massachusetts Bay Community College, and the University of Colorado, and he was the writer in residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
In two heavily researched historical novels, The Hummingbird's Daughter and Queen of America, Urrea tells the story of his great aunt, Teresita Urrea, who was known as "The Saint of Cabora" and "The Mexican Joan of Arc".
The Devil's Highway is his 2004 non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert.
In 1999, Urrea won an American Book Award for his memoir, Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life.
His book of short stories, Six Kinds of Sky, was named the 2002 small-press Book of the Year in fiction by the editors of ForeWord magazine.
In 2000, he was voted into the Latino Literature Hall of Fame following the publication of Vatos.
The Devil's Highway won the 2004 Lannan Literary Award, the Border Regional Library Association's Southwest Book Award  and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and for the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize. It was also optioned for a film by CDI Producciones. The book was adopted as the 2010 One Book for Sac State
His short story "Amapola" won the Edgar Award in 2010 for best mystery short story. It can be found in the anthology Phoenix Noir.
- The Fever of Being. West End Press. 1994. ISBN 978-0-931122-78-1.
- Ghost Sickness. Cinco Puntos Press. 1997. ISBN 978-0-938317-30-2.
- Vatos. José Galvez, Josae Galvez (photog.). Cinco Puntos Press. 2000. ISBN 978-0-938317-52-4.
- "Walking Backwards in thee Dark". Virginia Quarterly Review. Spring 2007.
- Short Stories
- In Search of Snow. University of Arizona Press. 1994. ISBN 978-0-8165-2015-2.
- The Hummingbird's Daughter. Little, Brown and Company. 2005. ISBN 978-0-316-74546-8.
- Into the Beautiful North. Little, Brown and Company. 2009. ISBN 978-0-316-02527-0.
- Queen of America. Little, Brown and Company. 2011. ISBN 978-0-316-15486-4.
- Wandering Time: Western Notebooks. University of Arizona Press. 1999. ISBN 978-0-8165-1866-1.
- Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life. University of Arizona Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0-8165-2270-5.
- Across the wire: life and hard times on the Mexican border. John Lueders-Booth (photog.). Anchor Books. 1993. ISBN 978-0-385-42530-8.
- By the Lake of Sleeping Children. Anchor Books. 1996. ISBN 978-0-385-48419-0.
- The Devil's Highway. Little, Brown and Company. 2004. ISBN 978-0-316-74671-7.
- "On Standing at Neruda’s Tomb: An interview with Martín Espada". Poetry Foundation. 2006.
- Brett Leigh Dicks (June 19, 2008). "Luis Alberto Urrea to Speak at S.B. Writers Conference". Santa Barbara Independent.
- List of Winners, 1991-2007, accessed 18 July 2010.
- "BRLA 2004 Southwest Book Awards." Border Regional Library Association. 2008. Web. 26 July 2009.
- Author's website
- "Four Corners: One Book author Luis Alberto Urrea", Kinsee Morlan, KSUT, 2009
- "Conversations". Waterbridge Review. September 2006.
- Daniel Olivas interviews Luis Alberto Urrea for The Elegant Variation (2005)