Luis Alberto Urrea is a brilliant writer, poet and teacher who was raised on both sides of the border between San Diego and Tijuana. He’s written way too many books to count (but including Across the Wire, Nobody’s Son, The Hummingbird’s Daughter, The Devil’s Highway and most recently, Into the Beautiful North). Luis’s writing, whether fiction or non, is poetic, funny, haunting and intensely personal.
He is currently a finalist in “One Book San Diego” for his wonderful novel, Into the Beautiful North. One Book is hosted by KPBS San Diego, and can be found at kpbs.org/one-book I urge you to go to the site and vote. Even more, I urge you to find one of Luis’ amazing books and read it.
His newest work, Queen of America is the continuation of The Hummingbird’s Daughter story, and is due out in December. I’m sure he’ll be touring for it and reading in bookstores around the country (and beyond). If he’s anywhere close by, go listen to him read from his book and weave his tales. You’ll be mesmerized. Learn more about Luis, his work and his schedule at http://www.luisurrea.com/.
For some weird and inexplicable reason, I don’t have a shot of Luis. But I do have a photo that he likes a lot, and used in one of his books, Six Kinds of Sky, a collection of short fiction.