Posted By: Aaron Managhan | Categories: News 2013 - 2014 | Back to News

Best-selling author Luis Alberto Urrea will share his story of transformation, from his beginnings on a dirt street in Tijuana to Pulitzer Prize finalist and beloved storyteller, when he visits South Puget Sound Community College on Nov. 5 as part of the College’s Artist and Lecture Series.

Urrea will bring his presentation “Universal Borders: From Tijuana to the World,” to the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Mainstage at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Though recognized as a writer who concentrates on the border regions of the Southwestern United

States, Urrea says, "Borders don't interest me. I'm really in the business of building bridges." Urrea has penned 14 books, including 2004’s The Devil’s Highway, a finalist for that year’s Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Lannan Literary Award. He is also a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame.

The event is free to South Puget Sound students, staff and faculty, and is $8 for the general public. Tickets will be available online at

In addition to Urrea, world-renowned poet, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni comes to campus Feb. 20. The South Puget Sound Community College Artist and Lecture Series brings a diverse group of distinguished scholars, activists and artists under a common theme: “Reflections.” This year, the series will look at reflections of our lives and experience, often with a diversity and equity component. For more information about the series, visit


Dean of College Relations
Kellie Purce Braseth
South Puget Sound Community College
(360) 596-5214
For press use/not for publication

Student Newspaper

The Sounds is the student-run newspaper at South Puget Sound Community College.
facebook photo

facebook Youtube

Get connected