The 4th Annual Caesar and Patricia Tabet Poetry Reading
March 22, 2017 - 7:00pm
Luis Alberto Urrea will be the featured poet for the fourth annual Caesar and Patricia Tabet Poetry Reading, He is one of the most well-known and renowned living American writers. A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 16 books, winning numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea is most recognized as a border writer, though he says, "I am more interested in bridges, not borders."
His most recent collection, The Water Museum, was a finalist for the 2015 PEN-Faulkner Award and was named a best book of the year by The Washington Post. Into the Beautiful North is a Big Read selection by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and has been selected by more than 30 different cities and colleges as a community read -- including Oak Park/River Forest and Dominican University in fall 2016. The Devil's Highway, Urrea’s 2004 non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, won the Lannan Literary Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Luis Alberto Urrea has been hailed by NPR as a ". . . master storyteller with a rock and roll heart." He is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. He teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago and lives in Naperville with his family.
This reading is made possible through the generous support of Dominican University alumna Patricia Tabet ‘52