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Reyna Grande, Author and teacher

Reyna Grande is the award-winning author of the best-selling memoir The Distance Between Us and its sequel A Dream Called Home, as well as the critically acclaimed novels Across a Hundred Mountains and Dancing with Butterflies.

The Distance Between Us details her life before and after she arrived in the United States, crossing the border from Mexico at age nine as an undocumented child immigrant. Writing about immigration, family separation, language trauma, the price of the American Dream, and her writing journey, Reyna's work has appeared in the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, CNN, The Lily at the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and more.

Reyna has received an American Book Award, the Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award, and in 2015 she was honored with a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature.

A proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop founded by Sandra Cisneros, Reyna has taught at writer's conferences including the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts). She has served as faculty at Antioch University and currently the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Her books have been adopted as a Common Read Selection by schools, colleges, and cities across the country.

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Upcoming Program

Belonging & Unity
Show Up Summit
October 2 - 4, 2020
Crucial to our shared humanity and the future of society, a long overdue public conversation has finally entered the mainstream. Join Michelle Saahene and Melissa DePino, cofounders of From Privilege to Progress, and a host of celebrated racial justice advocates and influencers in a deep and honest conversation about creating the future we all need—one of equity, inclusion, and justice. Discover and activate the power within you for positive personal transformation and broad societal evolution.

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