Alejandro Dennis Morales

Alejandro Morales, the son of Mexican immigrants, was born in Montebello, California, and grew up in Simons, the company town of the Simons Brick Yard #3, bordering Montebello. He earned his B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Morales, currently is a professor in the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. As a novelist and professor, Morales received the Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature in 2007 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A documentary film, “The Brick People”, inspired by his novel The Brick People, was released in 2012. The film chronicles the story and legacy of the Mexican immigrants who came to work at Simons Brickyard #3 in Los Angeles during the early part of the 20th century. Morales's literary works include: Caras viejas y vino nuevo (1975); La verdad sin voz (1979); Reto en el paraíso (1983); The Brick People (1988); The Rag Doll Plagues (1992); Barrio on the Edge (1997); Waiting to Happen (2001); Pequeña nación (2005); The Captain of All these Men of Death (2008); River of Angels (2014) and Little Nation and Other Stories (2014). In 2013 the Stanford University Libraries acquired Morales's collection of original manuscripts, articles and professional papers. At present, he is working on several projects at different stages of development including: "A Rainbow of Colors," a biographical novel, a collection of speculative short stories and "Zapote Tree," a collection of poems.

Conversations with Alejandro Morales, October 11, 2018 – August 4, 2019

Part I University of California, Santa Barbara, Goleta, University of California, Irvine, California, U.S.A. I. Development of an acclaimed author MLL:   Hi, Alejandro. AM:     Hi. MLL:   We are with the acclaimed author Alejandro Morales, at the University of California in Santa Barbara, this beautiful day. First of all, I want to thank you for […]

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Conversaciones con Alejandro Morales, 11 de octubre, 2018 – 4 de agosto, 2019

Conversaciones con Alejandro Morales, 11 de octubre, 2018 – 4 de agosto, 2019 1ª Parte Universidad de California, Santa Bárbara – Universidad de California, Irvine I. Trayectoria de un escritor aclamado MLL:   ¡Hola, Alejandro! AM:     ¡Hola! MLL:   Nos encontramos con el aclamado escritor Alejandro Morales, en la Universidad de California en Santa Bárbara, en […]

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Integrals, Cartographers of Memory

It took six days around the clock to transport by truck the records, files, digitized images, photographs, recordings, films accumulated through the eight years Dr. Chaim Benjamin Qaraite had directed the program. Jaffrey Francs, once an inquisitive and pushy medical student and now officially part of the company, had interviewed twenty-five candidates to staff Dr. […]

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Integrales, cartógrafos de la memoria

(Traducción del inglés: Margarita López López) Seis días completos tomó para transportar en camión los registros, archivos, imágenes digitalizadas, fotografías, grabaciones, y películas acumuladas durante los ocho años que el Dr. Chaim Benjamín Qaraite había dirigido el programa. Jaffrey Francs, quien fuera, en un tiempo, un estudiante de medicina curioso e insistente, y ahora oficialmente […]

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