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Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is the author of three critically acclaimed books. The Distance Between Us, Grande's memoir about her life before and after illegally crossing from Mexico to the United States as a child, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and hailed by the L.A. Times as 'the Angela's Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.' Grande's first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, received a 2007 American Book Award, and the 2006 El Premio Aztlán Literary Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Award.

Reyna holds a B.A. in creative writing and film and video from U.C. Santa Cruz. She received her MFA in creative writing from Antioch University-Los Angeles. Reyna Grande teaches creative writing for UCLA Extension and speaks at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.