Luís Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea (* in Tijuana ) is a Mexican- American writer.


Urrea was born in Tijuana, Mexico, but has lived most of his life in the United States. His father was Mexican, his mother a U.S. citizen. His literary work already earned him several awards and a rank on the bestseller list. It is characterized mainly by the treatment of the ambivalent identity and migration issues from the context of the border between the U.S. and Mexico. His literary work is therefore attributed to the so-called Chicano literature.

His non-fiction book The Devil 's Highway was nominated in 2005 for the Pulitzer Prize, the autobiographical Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life won the 1999 American Book Award. In 2010 he won the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the category Best Short Story for his story Amapola.