Life & Other Important Things (working title only, subject to change)
Publication: Late 2013 or early 2014
This thoughtful, heart-probing book is a collection of excerpts from more than 20 years of Thelma T. Reyna’s publications: from essays, editorials, stories, poems, letters, and blogs. This is a book for today’s times, a book that makes us think and re-evaluate what we prioritize in life and how we treat one another and the most vulnerable amongst us. This is a book that will spur dialogue and debate—whether in a book club, among friends, or within each of us.
Reyna addresses vital issues of the day: equality, education, violence, women’s rights, bullying, war and peace, politicians and leadership, etc., from her perspective as an educator, university lecturer, school leader, businesswoman, community advocate, and parent. The book also includes Reyna’s observations and advice on writing from an author’s experience. Featured throughout are 21 beautiful, full-color reproductions of paintings by California artist Victor Cass.
Hearts in Common
Publication: June 2013
This is Thelma T. Reyna’s second award-winning poetry chapbook (semi-finalist in two national poetry chapbook competitions). The poems focus on the commonalities that bind us all together.
Poems about the dreams, labors, and heartbreaks of immigrants from Mexico, Vietnam, and other parts of the world; about nurses in Haiti treating the dying; about Egyptians in rebellion against their oppressive government touch shoulder-to-shoulder with insightful, poignant poems about the people in our everyday lives: husbands, wives, lovers, parents, children, friends—all of us having “hearts in common.”