The UTSA Creative Writing Reading Series will present Reyna Grande on February 7, 2014. Reyna Grande is the critically acclaimed author of three books. Her most recent, a memoir, The Distance Between Us (2012), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other honors of hers include an International Latino Book Award (2010), a Latino Books Into Movies Award (2010), an American Book Award (2007), and El Premio Aztlán Literary Award (2006). Born in Iguala, Guerrero in Mexico, the author was two years old when her father left for the United States to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, nine years old, Reyna entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant. She later went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. Reyna Grande transferred from Pasadena City College in 1996 and earned her B.A. in Creative Writing and Film and Video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Later she earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She lives in Los Angeles.
The event begins at 7:30 P.M. in the Business Building University Room (BB 2.06.04), and is Co-sponsored by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, and in cooperation with Gemini Ink.