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Luis Alberto Urrea in the classroom at UIC

UIC English and creative writing professor Luis Alberto Urrea published two "cataclysmic" books—one non-fiction, one novel—in the last five years.

"The Devil's Highway: A True Story," a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005, lays out illegal Mexican immigration to the United States in human, cultural and economic terms. Urrea's novel, "The Hummingbird's Daughter," is based on his great aunt, a Yaqui Indian faith healer. He considers it the biggest thing he's written. In 2012 he published "Into the Beautiful North" about a small town in Mexico where all of the men have moved to the US.

In the classroom, Urrea teaches fiction workshops to UIC grad students and literature to undergrads. His critiques don’t follow the writer’s workshop trend of harsh criticism; he prefers a kinder and gentler approach.

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Department of English
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago