“Queer Brav(e)scapes: Storytelling and Art Making as a Reimagining of Self and Society with Anel I. Flores”

Anel I. Flores (they/she) is a trans, queer Latina/e artist, writer, activist, educator, and creative coach whose extensive body of work captures the essence of LGBTQIA+ experiences across professional and community spaces. Their areas of expertise encompass various themes such as Latina/x literature, sexuality, gender, race/border/diaspora, spirituality, self discovery, and radical love. They hold an MFA in Creative Writing, having penned notable works like chapbook La Fea and Lambda literary award-nominated book, Empanada: A Lesbiana Story en Probaditas. Their upcoming novel, Cortinas de Lluvia, is set to be released in 2024, along with Empanada’s 2nd Ed., doubled with its Spanish translation. Her relentless efforts have earned her numerous accolades, including distinguished writer in residence at Our Lady of the Lake University, fellow with the Southwest Folklife Alliance, the Catalyst for Change Award, Women’s Advocate of the Year, and many others.

Anel I. Flores (they/she) will share a sampling of her 30 year career as an artist, writer, activist, educator, and creative coach, highlighting the role their creativity has served in the LGBTQ+ community. She will examine how visual and literary mediums become powerful tools for social change, challenging stereotypes, raising awareness, and promoting inclusivity and equality.


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