Students are invited to spend an afternoon with artist, writer, activist, educator, and creative coach Anel I. Flores for an intimate discussion and reading of their work prior to the Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez Dinner and Jessie Daniel Ames Lecture.

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.


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