The Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers 2016 is very excited to welcome Bessy Reyna, poet, activist and opinion columnist in English and in Spanish as a Returning Participating Writer.
Bessy Reyna, is the author of two bilingual books of poetry, The Battlefield of Your Body (Hill-Stead Museum, 2005) and Memoirs of the Unfaithful Lover/ Memorias de la amante infiel (tunAstral, A.C., 2010, Toluca Mexico), She Remembers, a chapbook of her poems published by Andrew Mountain Press in 1997. Her Spanish language writing, published in Latin America, includes a poetry chapbook, Terrarium (Instrucción Programada de México, 1975), and a collection of short stories, Ab Ovo (Instituto Nacional de Cultura, Panama, 1977). Her poetry can be found in numerous anthologies, including El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry, In Other Words: Literature by Latinas of the United States, The Arc of Love: Lesbian Poems and The Wild Good. She is a contributor to Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell’s Songs (Lisa and John Sornberger, Eds. 2013) and Penelope: Antologia de Cuentistas Centroamricanas (Consuelo Meza Vasquez, Ed.)
At Festival 2016, Bessy Reyna will participate with JP Howard and Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, in “Writers Conversation: Why Memoir?”, on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 @ 9:30am
What family secrets are waiting to be written? Whose stories are straining to be told? Are they our stories to tell? What complications and challenges arise when painful memories haunt us? Who were we as teenagers? Young lovers? Close friends? Tired workers? How do we use the materials of memory, e.g. photographs, letters, old magazines to tell our stories, to write our poems? These are just some of the questions that arise and are aroused as the memoirist explores her personal narratives, pictures, and oral histories.
This Writers Conversation is designed to encourage people to begin to structure the material of their lives and to write their life journeys. For the complete description of this workshop event and for the complete schedule of readings and workshops for Festival of Women Writers 2016 is on our web page at http://www.hobartfestivalofwomenwriters.com
For an in-depth interview with Bessy Reyna in UCONN Today, link here: http://bit.ly/1LWLvXO Reyna, an alumna of the university talks about her family, her poetry, her stubbornness, her strength in this “Portrait of Strength”
Video Bessy Reyna: https://youtu.be/Ci1T2FL1wlY
“Like Panama, the country of her childhood, Bessy Reyna’s poems provide a channel, a way to bridge east and west by reconciling the warring needs of the body, the mind and the heart. Whether Reyna is dancing with a stalk of sugar cane in Hartford, Connecticut, or in her birthplace of Cuba, poem after poem is as lively as a salsa. Like chewing sugar cane, her poems ultimately reward with their hard-won sweetness, with the taste that leaves us wanting more.” —Vivian Shipley
Read excerpts of Bessy Reyna’s work, at: http://www.bessyreyna.com
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