Hymns to the Broken: A Manifesto

Luis Urrea

When we first asked Luis Alberto Urrea to give the closing lecture at our 2016 Summer Workshop, he responded by saying he would  “throw love notes over the wall,” and “bread to the disrespected.”

It was in this spirit, that Luis took to the podium on our final Saturday together, opened a tiny notebook that he had been composing in all week, and declared “I am here to sing hymns to the broken. We all need a place to stand. I will tell you where I stand and offer you a place or two in your own art where you might pitch a tent.”