Reyna Grande

Author & Speaker



"Reyna Grande’s personal experiences resonate with those of our students who find her presentations interesting, inspirational, and heartwarming.  She is an incredible role model not only for Latinos whose culture and language she affirms, but also for  non-Latino students whose hardships and journeys have been similar to hers.  Her books make excellent course texts because of their universal themes and accessibility; and when students have an opportunity to meet and hear this author, they become even  more significant and appealing.  She is a powerful presenter."

Professor Virginia Escalante, Director, Fifth Annual San Diego City College International Book Fair
San Diego City College


"Reyna Grande is a talented writer who writes from her cultural self. As a guest speaker in university settings she easily flows between English and Spanish to meet the needs of the target audience. She provides teachers of writing a lens into her writer’s life. She candidly responds to students’ queries ranging from her most intimate personal connections with her characters to details of her writer’s craft. She inspires others to write and illustrates ways on how to integrate elements of personal stories into works of fiction."

Lilia E. Sarmiento, Ph.D. Associate Professor
CSU Dominguez Hills

"Reyna stressed how even with her difficult childhood, getting an education made a difference for her.  Because we have so many students who are immigrants or come from immigrant families, Reyna served as a great role model for achievement."

Shelley Savren, English Professor
Faculty Coordinator of the Literature, Arts & Culture Series

Oxnard College

"Reyna was a highlight at our literary festival.  She was very engaging in her presentation and captured the audience so much that guests flocked to the book tables afterwords to purchase her books. I am still getting comments from friends who say they have loved reading her books.  Reyna was delight to have at our literary festival!"

Susan Long, Co-Chair of the Pasadena Literary Festival of Women Authors

"Reyna's presentation really touched us!  She has the ability to depict life experiences which although totally foreign to the personal experience of most in the audience, enables one to see and understand what her characters are living and the choices they make.  She left many of us with tears in our eyes and with a better understanding of 'the universal human condition' she depicts.   She had everyone hooked from the minute she began reading Dancing with Butterflies! This meeting was one of the highlights of our 2009-2010 program year and we look forward to visiting with Reyna again!" 

Helen Madrid-Worthen, Program Chair, Hispanic-Jewish Women's Task Force






2010 Keynote Speaker ~CMAA Scholarship Breakfast (Council of Mexican-American Administrators)

2010 Keynote Speaker ~CABE (California Association of Bilingual Education)

2010 Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar ~Central Oregon Community College (Bend, OR)

2010 Keynote Speaker ~PVUSD 4th Annual Parent Conference (Watsonville, CA)

2009 *Voted "Top 10 Latino Authors to Watch" by LatinoStories!

2009 Keynote Speaker ~Regional Family Conference, Migrant Education Region XVIII (Santa Maria, CA)

2009 Cerro Visiting Author ~Bakersfield College, CA

2009 Keynote Speaker~Adelante Mujer Latina Youth Conference, Laramie County, WY

2009 Commencement Speaker ~CSUDH Dolores Huerta Graduation

2008 Commencement Speaker ~Pasadena City College, CA

2008 Keynote Speaker ~SCTE Fall Conference (Southland Council of Teachers of English)

2007 Keynote Speaker ~Conference of the Living Tree, Ventura, CA

2007 Keynote Speaker ~ECCTYC Conference (English Council of California Two-Year Colleges)

2007 Highlighted author for LEAP (Learn, Experience, Achieve, and Persevere) ~Butte College, CA



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"Reyna Grande is the kind of writer and speaker that stays with audiences even after they have read her novels or attended one of her readings. Many of the students had never met a real author before, most had never met a writer with whom they could also identify on multiple levels. Their encounter was truly memorable for all of who attended [her] reading and discussion! Three years after that summer [2007], my former students still check-in with me and ask about Reyna. It's clear to me that Reyna's stories, both written and shared in person, linger in our minds because they are about ideas, feelings and situations we can all identity with at one point or another in our lives."

Victor Garcia, Former Director of the SummerTIME Writing Program
University of Southern California

"Reyna provided an amazing series of presentations for us this year during our annual Watsonville "On The Same Page" community reads series of events.  She skillfully handled the challenge of presenting at 5 different venues to 5 very diverse groups of students and community members within 4 days without missing a beat!"

Teresa Rodriguez, Parent Education Community Liaison II Student Services:  Extended Learning Family Literacy Grant