Echoes from the Borderlands

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Echoes from the Borderlands

Sonic Essay by Valeria Luiselli
The Life of Sound

Writer Valeria Luiselli presents "Echoes from the Borderlands," a sonic essay that documents the histories of violence against land and bodies in the US-Mexico borderlands. Soundscapes, music, poetry, essays, interviews, and archival material interweave in this experimental sound piece.

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 Sidewalks, Faces in the Crowd, 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 winner of the Dublin Literary Award, two Los Angeles Times book prizes, the Carnegie Medal, and an American Book Award, and she has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the Booker Prize. She has been a National Book Foundation "Five Under 35" honoree and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. 

Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's, among other publications, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She teaches at Bard College and is a visiting professor at Harvard University.


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