ASPEN SUMMER WORDS 2012, JUNE 17-22 Literary Festival Speakers
Photo: Nicole Waite
Luis Urrea is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has taught at the University of Colorado and conducted writing workshops at Harvard University. He is the author of 14 books including The Devil’s Highway, a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, and The Hummingbird’s Daughter, winner of the Kiriyama Prize. His first book, Across the Wire, was named a New York Times Notable Book and won the Christopher Award. His memoir, Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life, won a 1999 American Book Award. In 2000, he was voted into the Latino Literature Hall of Fame following the publication of his book of poetry Vatos. Urrea's novel, Into the Beautiful North, was a recent national bestseller and has been chosen by more than 30 different cities and colleges for One Book community read programs. Other works by Urrea include Six Kinds of Sky, The Fever of Being, By the Lake of Sleeping Children, Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush, In Search of Snow, Ghost Sickness, Wandering Time, and his latest novel Queen of America. Luis Urrea lives with his family in Naperville, Illinois.