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Peter Reading called Marfan, a “straightforward topographical travelogue”. The book has photographs by Jay Shuttleworth, collages by Reading, and a single book-length poem, written as a result of a yearlong Lannan Foundation residency in the small, high plains town of Marfa, Texas. The poem investigates, researches, observes and describes–often with great humor–the history, geology, topography, folklore, politics, superstitions, art, commerce and contemporary life in this US/Mexican border area.
Portions of this podcast are explicit and may contain adult language.
Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 20, 2013.
Luis Alberto Urrea’s native Mexico has always served as the author’s muse, inspiring all 13 books that span five genres. His nonfiction The Devil’s Highway tells the harrowing story of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert. Urrea’s novels The Hummingbird’s Daughter and its sequel,Queen of America, chronicle the life of beloved healer Teresita Urrea, deemed “the Mexican Joan of Arc.” Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urrea grew up along both sides of the border, forever affected by its dichotomy, brutality and richness, saying, “Borders everywhere are a symbol of what divides us. That’s what interests me.”
This was a Lannan Literary Event.
Additional photos of this event are available on Flickr.
You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also view the video recordings of this event there.