UTSA Creative Writing Reading Series features author Reyna Grande Feb. 7

Reyna Grande

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(Feb. 5, 2014) -- The Creative Writing program in The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of English welcomes author Reyna Grande as the featured speaker in its Spring 2014 Creative Writing Reading Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04) on the UTSA Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Grande's latest book, "The Distance Between Us," is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life and was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Los Angeles Times hailed her book as the "'Angela's Ashes' of the modern Mexican immigrant experience."

Her first novel, "Across a Hundred Mountains" (2006), received a 2010 Latino Books Into Movies Award, a 2007 American Book Award and the 2006 El Premio Aztlan Literary Award.

In 2009, Grande authored her second critically acclaimed novel, "Dancing With Butterflies," and won the 2010 International Latino Book Award.

Born in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico, Grande entered the United States as an undocumented immigrant at age 10 to join her parents who had already found employment. Later, she became the first person in her family to graduate from college, when she received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, Film and Video degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She then earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, Calif.

In addition to being a published author, Grandee is an active promoter of Latino literature and a sought-after speaker at high schools, colleges and universities across the nation. Currently, she is teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension and is at work on her next novel.

The UTSA Creative Writing Reading Series features public readings by poets and fiction writers who visit classes and meet with UTSA students to discuss their writing.

The Feb. 7 event is co-sponsored by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and is in collaboration with Gemini Ink.

For more information, contact Wendy Barker at 210-458-5362 or visit the UTSA Creative Writing Program website.