More About the Author
NATIONAL AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, Thelma T. Reyna, has been writing for over 30 years, with her short stories, poems, essays, book reviews, and other nonfiction published in literary journals, anthologies, textbooks, online journals and ezines, blogs, websites, newspapers, and other print and electronic media over the years.
Dr. Reyna was named Poet Laureate of the Altadena (CA) Library District for 2014-2016 in recognition of her poetry-related accomplishments.
Her first book, THE HEAVENS WEEP FOR US AND OTHER STORIES (Outskirts Press, 2009) earned 4 national awards, as follows:
--2011 Indie Award for Book Excellence, Finalist: Multicultural Fiction
--2011 Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Honorable Mention, Grand Prize Round: General Fiction
--2011 The Montaigne Medal, Finalist
--2010 National Best Books Awards/USA Book News, Finalist: Short Story Literature.
In addition, Dr. Reyna's two poetry chapbooks-BREATH & BONE (2011); and HEARTS IN COMMON (2013)--was each a Semi-Finalist in two national poetry chapbook competitions and were published by Finishing Line Press. Both are available through Finishing Line Press as well as amazon.com.
Dr. Reyna's fourth book--RISING, FALLING, ALL OF US (2014)--was issued in May. It is a full-length volume of her collected and new poetry. The poems depict people from all walks of life, the famous, infamous, mythical, and everyday people who cross our paths and reveal their humanity in compelling verbal snapshots.
In addition, Dr. Reyna's fiction and poetry can be found in other publications listed on amazon.com, such as the anthologies SOUL VOMIT: BEATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (2012); VWA: VOICES OF HAITI (2010); PHAT'ITUDE (Vol. 3, Winter 2012); JOURNAL OF MODERN POETRY (Vol. 16; Vol. 17); the literary journals IF & WHEN (Volumes 1, 2, and 3); and PALABRA: A MAGAZINE OF CHICANO & LATINO LITERARY ART (Issue 6, 2010; Issue 8, 2012). She served as Editor of other books listed on amazon.com, such as SO YOU WANT TO BE A COP; TELENOVELA; LOVE, DEATH, AND OTHER WAR STORIES; RENAISSANCE PORN STAR; GONE IN A FLASH; and various others.
Dr. Reyna writes the blogs "American Latina/o Writers Today" (www.Latinowriterstoday.blogspot.com) and "The Literary Self" (www.TheLiterarySelf.blogspot.com). She has also been a guest blogger on three other literary blogs. She received a Ph.D. from UCLA and is an editor/ghost writer/writing consultant in her company, The Writing Pros, based in Pasadena, CA. (www.TheWritingPros.com). Visit her website at www.ThelmaReyna.com.