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We will pursue a fresh collaborative approach with the abiding spirit of writing as it inhabits texts in non-Western traditions. We will discuss certain Zen and Haiku approaches to writing, as well as lessons gleaned from my teachers in the healing world for my novel The Hummingbird’s Daughter. You will find some wisdom in this area in the work of William Stafford. Robert Hass, Basho, Issa, and Buson. I will bring texts; you bring a notebook. We will honor the body and the voices that hide within it, we will honor place, and we will honor understory. Be prepared to ask questions.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Luis Alberto Urrea is a prolific and acclaimed author of fourteen books. His first book, Across the Wire, which draws from his experiences working with Tijuana garbage pickers, was named a New York Times Notable Book. Among his most celebrated works is The Devil’s Highway, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist and nonfiction account of twenty-six Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert. He has taught writing workshops at Harvard University and elsewhere.