UnityPoint Health - Meriter Speaker Series: Reyna Grande
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UnityPoint Health - Meriter Speaker Series: Reyna Grande

Mon, Jun 12

Capitol Theater: $20 - $64
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Add to Calendar 06/12/2017 07:00 PM 06/12/2017 09:00 PM America/Chicago Reyna Grande Dubbed a “warrior princess” by author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book The Blind Side, Leigh Anne is the inspirational matriarch of the Tuohy family. Leigh Anne inspires audiences to recognize the full potential of individuals in their community and to find value in those who society has deemed valueless. Capitol Theater, Overture Center for the Arts info@overturecenter.org false MM/DD/YYYY

Social connections and shared experiences are essential to your health and well-being. Join with family, friends and colleagues to be inspired by these powerful stories of strength, hope and resilience.

Born in Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when Reyna was going on ten, she left Mexico to make her own journey north. She entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, and later went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. Reyna will share her inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life.

Reyna holds a B.A. in creative writing and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University. Reyna Grande teaches creative writing for UCLA Extension and speaks at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation. She is the author of three critically acclaimed books – Across a Hundred Mountains (Atria 2006), Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press 2009) and The Distance Between Us (Atria 2012).

  • Award-winning author, inspirational educator and former undocumented Hispanic immigrant