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It’s hard to glimpse the girl who described herself as a “bag of bones” in the self-assured, articulate woman behind the podium as she shares, “When I was growing up, only two percent of children in foster care would attend college.” She continues. “Today that percentage has risen to. ….

From Poughkeepsie Journal NEW PALTZ – Some are heading to graduate school. Some will go job hunting. Some are traveling. And some are coming back home. Nearly 1,900 State University of New York at New Paltz undergraduates set off into the next phase of their lives following Sunday’s commencement ceremonies. Another…

From legislative gazette website Life has come full circle for Regina Calcaterra, starting with her success as a student at SUNY New Paltz. After writing two books, an illustrious career in state government, and being named a partner at a law firm, Calcaterra is returning to New Paltz to be…




From Suffolk Times Website New Suffolk attorney and New York Times best-selling author Regina Calcaterra didn’t listen when she was told to get a job after high school instead of pursuing a college degree. It wasn’t feasible, her foster care counselor explained, because she simply didn’t have the social and…

GIRL UNBROKEN A Sister’s Harrowing Story of Survival from the Streets of Long Island to the Farms of Idaho Kirkus Reviews, August 2, 2016. The follow-up to Calcaterra’s bestselling Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island (2013).In her second book,…

After listening to Regina Calcaterra convey her background as an abandoned child, I understood why her Etched in Sand memoir sat right next to Maya Angelou on the New York Times Best Seller List.

Every year St. Petersburg College selects a book for its One College/One Read program. In December of 2014, after months of voting, the college announced that it selected Etched in Sand as the One College/One Read 2015 book.

Regina was invited to share her most memorable book giving/getting holiday experience. The 1998 memory of giving Geraldine Ferraro’s last book “Framing A Life” is what stood out the most.