Luis Alberto Urrea Interview
In February of 2004, I interviewed celebrated author Luis Alberto Urrea at his home about a variety of topics pertaining to his books, his experiences growing up in Tijuana, and his views on the current political and human situation on the U.S.-Mexican border.
Urrea is a powerful and talented writer, and also a passionate defender of human rights. His books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have all won prestigious awards and honors, including the American Book Award, Foreward Magazine Book of the Year Award, the New York Times Notable Book Award, inclusion in the Best American Poetry collection, and inclusion on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List.
By the end of our chat, we had logged almost an hour and a half -- and over 10,000 words -- of interview time.
Roughly one-fifth of the content of this interview appears in the latest issue of Punk Planet magazine(Issue #63), available now in independent book stores(as well as Borders Books and Barnes & Noble)and online through Interpunk.com.
My plans for the complete interview are to include it in a compendium of interviews I am putting together for a book on the relationship between the arts and socio-political change.
**NOTE - in the printed version of the interview that appears in Punk Planet, the city of Tijuana is misspelled as "Tiajuana." My original draft of the interview had the proper spelling, but was later "corrected" by one of the editors of the magazine before going into the final edition.