Author Aims for Punk Rock Memoir With "The Undocumented Americans"

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Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (Photo Credit: Talya Zemach Bersin)

Author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio joins us to discuss her new memoir, “The Undocumented Americans.” Villavicencio arrived in America when she was five and is one of the first undocumented students to graduate from Harvard. After the election of President Trump in 2016, she began writing about her own experience as well as those of other undocumented immigrants in New York, Miami, Cleveland, Michigan and Connecticut through a series of reported essays. Now a doctoral student at Yale, Villavicencio’s work insists on breaking conventional and sanitized narratives of immigrants in her book, which she calls a punk rock memoir.


Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, author, "The Undocumented Americans"