Happy Birthday to Luis Alberto Urrea

Happy Birthday to writer Luis Alberto Urrea, born on August 20, 1955 in Tijuana, Mexico.  His father was Mexican and his mother was New Yorker; Urrea was born in Mexico and raised in San Diego from the age of 3. He earned his BA at the University of California at San Diego, and his MA at the University of Colorado.  Urrea is best known for his “border” trilogy, comprising the nonfiction works “Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border” (1993), “By the Lake of Sleeping Children: The Secret Life of the Mexican Border” (1996), and “Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life” (1998). Urrea was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005.  In an interview with Writer Magazine, Urrea described his work as, “I am interested in the complexities of the human soul and the sacredness that hides in every day. I would characterize my writing as a form of witness and personal devotion, in that it is my spiritual practice as well as my art and career.”

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