Her words changed the world.

Riverwood Poetry Social Justice Reading

June 25, 2017
2 - 4 PM
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

A Day in the Life of an Immigrant Latino Poet

Presented by poet Bessy Reyna followed by comments by immigration lawyer Carolina Guiral.

Born in Cuba and raised in Panama, Bessy Reyna earned her Masters and Law degrees from the University of Connecticut. Reyna is the recipient of many honors and awards including the Connecticut Center for the Book "Lifetime Achievement in Service to the Literary Community" Award (2009). In 2001, she was named "Latina Citizen of the Year" by the State of Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission. In 2012 she was one of ten women honored by the CT Women's Hall of Fame. Reyna’s poetry and short stories can be found in numerous anthologies.

Carolina Guiral, a native of Colombia, moved to the U.S. as a teenager, when her family left Colombia fleeing persecution by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. She is a graduate of Fairfield University, and the University of Connecticut School Of Law.
Witnessing her parents’ experience navigating the immigration process led Guiral to become an advocate for immigrant communities. She is an attorney at Milagros Immigration Law, in Hartford.

A free annual event at the Stowe Center.