In addition to providing a Stanford lecture in the 2021-2022 academic year, Luiselli will participate in a discussion of the Hostile Terrain 94 exhibit, to be installed in late-February 2021. Hostile Terrain 94 is a participatory art project sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project and features over 3200 handwritten toe tags representing migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. The conversation will be moderated by UM faculty Chantel Acevedo and Sallie Hughes and will center on topics such as immigration policies, the history of the Southern border, the narratives and lived experiences of immigrants and how these stories are told, as well as how the exhibit relates to Luiselli’s current projects. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience as well.
Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks; the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth; Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions; and Lost Children Archive. She is the recipient of a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship and the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, The Carnegie Medal, an American Book Award, and has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the Booker Prize. She has been a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's, among other publications, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She is a Writer in Residence at Bard College and lives in New York City.