Author Cristina Henríquez to share stories of overlooked immigrants Oct. 6

Mount Mercy University will welcome author Cristina Henríquez to speak on Oct. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in Betty Cherry Heritage Hall and at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy as a part of the 2016 Visiting Writers Series.

In her first discussion at 3:30 p.m., Henríquez will explain the creative process. “It Starts With a Sentence” is a look into how she creates, exploring how a single sentence turns into a powerful story. She will also examine the role of editing, taking audience members through the making of a short story.

In her second discussion at 7 p.m., Henríquez celebrates the ordinary stories of overlooked immigrants. She will dissect the word immigrant and delve into the stereotypes and myths that make up the most commonly accepted narratives of immigration.

Henríquez earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She is the author of three books and has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, The New York Times Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, among others. She was also featured in Virginia Quarterly Review as one of “Fiction’s New Luminaries” and is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award.

Henríquez’s visit also explores themes that are part of Mount Mercy’s 2016 Fall Faculty Series, Building Walls, Building Bridges: The U.S. as an Immigrant Nation. The three-month series showcases multiple presentations, performances and stories that explore what immigration has meant to our nation’s history, as well as what immigration means to us now.

Both events are free and open to the public.

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