Luis Alberto Urrea was born in Tijuana, Mexico. Extensively published in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, his work has won the American Book Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, and the Lannan Literary Award. He has also has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and was voted into the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. He is the author of sixteen books, among them The House of Broken Angels, The Devil’s Highway, The Hummingbird’s Daughter, and the recent poetry collection, The Tijuana Book of the Dead. Urrea lives with his family in Naperville, Illinois.
Author of the National Poetry Series winning work feeld,Jos Charles will present on the work of the 14th c. poet Geoffrey Chaucer. Using House of Fame as a crux, the talk will address Middle English poetics, uses of the "I," and the poem-as-vision.