College of Liberal Arts

Award-Winning Mexican-American Authors to Speak at Plan II Honors Events

Tuesday Oct 15, 2013 7:00 PM | Belo Center for New Media Auditorium (BMC 2.106) and Joynes Reading Room (CRD 007)

Two celebrated Mexican-American authors, Luis Alberto Urrea and Eduardo C. Corral, will discuss their works at The University of Texas at Austin.
Luis Alberto Urrea
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Belo Center for New Media Auditorium (BMC 2.106)
Prolific in a variety of genres, from literary journalism to poetry and fiction, Luis Alberto Urrea is best known for his penetrating examination of life along the U.S.—Mexico border. “The Devil’s Highway,” his tragic account of a group of Mexican immigrants who died in the Arizona desert, won the Lannan Literary Award in 2004 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Among his many other accolades is an American Book Award for his memoir, “Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life.” Urrea’s talk, “Universal Border: From Tijuana to the World,” will examine the experience of immigration and the meanings of the border through his own life story. Co-sponsors of the event are the Plan II Honors Program, the Center for Mexican American Studies, the Strauss Institute for Civic Life, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Department of English.
Eduardo C. Corral
Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Joynes Reading Room (CRD 007)

Eduardo Corral’s poems have appeared in many literary magazines, and in the anthology “Best American Poetry 2012.” His work has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Whiting Writers’ Award. His first book of poems, “Slow Lightning,” was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Corral is the first Latino to win this prestigious literary award. He is currently teaching at Columbia University in New York City.
For questions about Luis Alberto Urrea’s lecture, contact: Dave Junker, 512-773-0673,
For questions about Eduardo Corral's reading, contact: Matt Valentine:  512-471-5692,

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