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2014 International Latino Book Award Finalist

Available January 6, 2014
Available January 6, 2014

Letters to My Daughter: A collection of short stories and poems about Love, Pride, & Identity

Authored by Nancy Arroyo Ruffin   

Nancy Arroyo Ruffin’s Letters to My Daughter is one woman’s testimony about gender, race, love, family, and the importance of creating a legacy that one can be proud of.

Infused with cultural anecdotes and life lessons, Letters to My Daughter is an open letter to not only her daughter, but to all young people in search of self love, pride, and identity. 
“Love is taught and pride is instilled.  It’s what you carry with you every day of your life.-Nancy Arroyo Ruffin

Letters to My Daughter has recently been nominated Best Poetry Book – English for Latino Literacy Now’s 2014 International Latino Book Award. The awards ceremony will take place this June in Las Vegas. I am so excited and honored to be attending and to have been recognized for this very prestigious award. The International Latino Book Award is the largest awards in the USA celebrating achievements in Latino Literature.  The Awards are produced by
Latino Literacy Now, an organization co-founded by Oscar Award winning actor Edward James Olmos and Kirk Whisler, and co-presented by Las Comadres de las Americas and Reforma, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos. A complete list of all finalists can be found by clicking on the image below: 
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Watch Nancy recite an excerpt from Letters to My Daughter
(Word4f Anniversary show @ Apt. 78)

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Welcome To Heartbreak: A collection of poems, short stories, and affirmations about love, life & heartbreak.

Authored by Nancy Arroyo Ruffin               

In this compelling memoir, told through prose and poetry, Nancy Arroyo-Ruffin walks through the fire to face her most painful memories and does so openly and honestly. Raised on the ruthless streets of Brooklyn, NY in the 1980’s, Arroyo-Ruffin takes us on a thrilling voyage of love, loss, and heartbreak.

Full of inspirational quotes & positive affirmations, Welcome to Heartbreak, is a literary portrait depicting the hardships many young adults endure when transitioning from childhood to adulthood. It is about accepting the past and learning how to move forward from unhealthy situations.

From surviving the brutal murder of a close relative, to helping the love of her life battle a deadly illness, to having her deepest desire snatched from her womb; this is a gripping account of one young woman’s determination to heal herself through love, forgiveness, and acceptance. Burned and pillaged by some of the people she trusted most, this phoenix rises from the ashes to show us that even through heartbreak, beauty and happiness can flourish.

“Heartbreaks don’t break us, they make us stronger.”- Nancy Arroyo Ruffin


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Joy, Interrupted: An Anthology on Motherhood and Loss 

Edited by Dr. Melissa Miles McCarter    

Joy can be interrupted – but not lost.  Most people think of motherhood as a joyous experience, but for some it can be an experience of interrupted joy. This anthology delves into the subject of motherhood and loss from different perspectives of authors and artists from all over the world.

The book is uniquely structured around the five stages of grief, mirroring the grief journey many go through. Editor and publisher Melissa Miles McCarter conceived of the anthology six years after her daughter died of SIDS and then struggling with secondary infertility after an ectopic pregnancy. The anthology focuses on mothers and their children who face loss in all forms, losses which can “interrupt the narratives of our lives.”

Some of these universal themes addressed include: coping with the death of a child; relationships between mother and child (including adoption and estrangement): caring for disabled children: and having to mother one’s own mother because of an illness.

This anthology includes Short Stories, Poetry, Art Work, Essays, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and more. Contributors explore such topics as Adoption, Death, Infertility, Disabilities, Illness, and Estrangement. Various themes addressed include Coming of Age, Identity, Recovery, Connections, and Forgiveness.

The internationally acclaimed contributors are: Nancy Arroyo Ruffin, Merrill Edlund , Aliki Economides, Monika Pant, Grace Benedict, Chris Reid, Paul Salvette, Terri Elders , Liz Dolan , Mark Moore, Emily Polk, Lottie Corley, Sandra Kolankiewicz, Megan Moore, Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier, Anna Steen, Nina Bennett, Kim Hensley Owens , Joanne L. DeTore, Robyn Parnell, Danelle, Svetlana Bochman, Erin Williams, Gail Marlene Schwartz, Olivia Good , Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow, Margaret Kramar, Carol Alexander, Valean Iolanda, Samantha, Kristin Anderson, Lisa Wendell, Janeen McGuire, Anindita Chatterjee, Jenn Williamson, Mazel Flores, Rebecca Manning, Pooja Sachdeva,  Gabriella Burman, Sheila Hageman, Ruth Krongold, G. Karen Lockett Warinsky , Jennifer Molidor, Alan Nolan, Trangdai Glassey-Tranguyen, Jemila Modesti, Deborah Finkelstein, Jessica Karbowiak, Ann Mathew, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, Ione Citrin, Ivan Jim Saguibal Layugan, Mary O’Neill, Lori Lamothe and Michèle AimPée Parent.

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14 thoughts on “About The Book

  1. I’m sad I missed you at the Puerto Rican Authors Book expo at Hostos, but my childcare fell through at the last minute. I would still love to check your books out, so I will purchase either at the end of this week or beginning of next. I can’t wait to read, love supporting my fellow Latinas! 🙂

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  2. It’s amazing to see you take over the stage, to see you in your element. You were a big sister to me and I love you for that. Know that you continue to be a factor in my life. Seeing you follow your dreams is inspiring. I love you Mamaz! Continue to shine & do your thing! Lord know we need more people like you…xoxoxo.


    1. Thank you Marelyn. I really appreciate your words. Know that you, your brothers, and your mom were my second family. I love you all very much and you all will forever be in my heart. The times we spent together in Queens were by far, some of the best moments in my life.


  3. I can’t wait to read this amazing book and to think I’ve known her all her life and I’m so proud of her also. Good job Nancy May God continue to Bless you and inspire you with more creativity so that you inspire and encourage others.


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