Author Valeria Luiselli, a professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, will be a guest speaker at the 92 St Y in Manhattan on December 14, 2017, in a discussion about immigration co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and award winning radio show and podcast Latino USA.
Professor Luiselli, whose lastest book is Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, will appear with Maria Hinojosa, the executive producer and founding anchor of Latino USA.
Professor Luiselli structured Tell Me How It Ends around 40 questions she translated and asked undocumented Latin American children facing deportation. It humanizes young migrants and highlights the contradiction between the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants and the reality of racism and fear—both here and back home.
Professor Luiselli is teaching in Hofstra’s new MFA in Creative Writing Program for Writers of Spanish. She is the winner of a 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for her novel, The Story of My Teeth and the first author of Mexican heritage to be nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for a work of fiction. When she joined the Hofstra faculty in 2015 she volunteered as an interpreter in the court system for immigrant children and adolescents. This work inspired a group of Hofstra students to form La TIAA, which supports recently-arrived teenage refugees from Central America during their challenging integration process into the USA. La TIIA works with these high school students, who currently reside in the surrounding Hofstra area, through one-on-one English classes, college preparatory assistance, soccer games, and social get-togethers.