Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings

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Reyna Grande is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. As a young girl, she crossed the US-Mexico border to join her family in Los Angeles, a harrowing journey chronicled in The Distance Between Us, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her other books include the novels A Ballad of Love and Glory, Across a Hundred Mountains, and Dancing with Butterflies, the memoirs The Distance Between Us: Young Readers Edition, and A Dream Called Home, and the anthology Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings. She lives in Woodland, California, with her husband and two children. Visit for more information.

Sonia Guiñansaca is an internationally acclaimed poet, culture strategist, and activist who was born in Ecuador (Kichwa-Kañari), and at the age of five, migrated to the United States to reunite with their parents in New York. Guiñansaca helped build some of the largest undocumented organizations in the U.S and co-founded some of the first artistic projects, writers retreats, and workshops for and by undocumented writers. They have been awarded residencies and fellowships from Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, BOAAT Writer's Retreat, and the Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics, among others. They have performed at venues such as the Met and the Public Theater in New York City, and featured on PEN America, PBS, Interview Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Teen Vogue, and other media outlets. Sonia self-published a debut chapbook, Nostalgia and Borders, and contributed to the new edition of the ColonizeThis! Anthology and This is Not a Gun.

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1971. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he and his family fled to the United States. The author of several books, Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and professor of English and American studies and ethnicity at University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles.


"Wide-ranging yet consistently affecting, these pieces offer a crucial and inspired survey of the immigrant experience in America." -- Publishers Weekly

"A timely and necessary text ... [Somewhere We Are Human] proves that very different voices telling unique stories can, when presented together, become a very cohesive, very humane manifesto." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"[These contributions] touch on so many different facets of the immigrant experience that readers will find much to ponder... [and] experience how creative writing enriches our understanding of each other and our lives."
-- Booklist

"An innovative, artful collection of diverse, undocumented voices." -- Kirkus Reviews

"[Somewhere We Are Human is] a tapestry of diverse experiences and perspectives that mirror the vast and complex realities of migration, which often get lost or erased from the conversation ... Even if you think you've heard these stories before, you haven't really until you've read them as told in their own words and in their own terms."

-- Mother Jones

"This collection is not only a great read, but an important one. I applaud everyone involved." -- Luis Alberto Urrea, Pulitzer-Prize finalist and bestselling author of The Devil's Highway

"Urgent, necessary, and bold . . . [Grande and Guiñansaca's] meticulous selections offer us an extraordinary range of histories, perspectives, and--most touchingly--dreams." -- Rigoberto González, National Book Award Finalist and author of the American Book Award-winning Butterfly Boy

"So often these stories are told by others; now we get to hear them told by these artists themselves. What a gift as these vocal cords sing, ringing of human resilience and love, so much love." -- Victoria Chang, Award-winning author of Obit and Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief