Bessy Reyna

Born in Cuba and raised in Panama, Bessy Reyna is an award-winning bilingual poet, activist, lecturer and journalist who writes on issues of gender, ethnicity and equality. A magna cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College and holder of masters and law degrees from UConn, she is the author of two bilingual books of poetry. A former Master Teaching Artist for the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism and opinion columnist for The Hartford Courant, Reyna today writes on arts and culture for the Hispanic newspaper Identidad Latina and is an opinion columnist for CTLatinoNews.com. Bessy holds numerous literary awards, was named Latina Citizen of the Year by the state’s Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission in 2001, and in 2012 was one of 10 women honored by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.