Fuller Award: Luis Alberto Urrea
Luis Alberto Urrea will become the 11th Chicago author to receive the prestigious Fuller Award for his lifetime achievements as an author, teacher, and activist. The event is free and open to the public, with live attendance at the National Museum of Mexican Art and livestream via Zoom. Registration is required. Live audience will be limited to 150 fully vaccinated, masked people; proof of vaccination required.
Rick Najera is emcee of the ceremony; Sara Paretsky, Daniel Borzutzky and Dave Eggers will offer tributes; actress Laura Crotte will perform a dramatic reading; and Coya Paz will lead a conversation with Luis. 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 17 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.” It is in this vein, that Urrea is featured in our special exhibit My America: Immigrants and Refugee Writers Today.
Partners for the event include National Museum of Mexican Art, American Writers Museum, Poetry Foundation, Third World Press, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago Public Library, The Tuesday Agency, Columbia College Chicago, The Book Group, Guild Literary Complex, and The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn.