Anel I. Flores, is the editor of forthcoming anthology by Korima Press, Jota. She is author of Lambda literary award nominated book Empanada: A Lesbiana Story en Probaditas. Flores was born and raised in South Texas between homes in the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio. Tejana, lesbiana, writer and artist earned her BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing. Her play, Empanada, has been produced at multiple venues including the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, MACLA in San Jose, CA, MECA in Houston, the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, the University of Texas, Trinity University and at national art festivals. Flores’ fiction can most recently be found in Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art with UT Press (2016), Jota with Korima Press (2016), Queer Spiritualities, Korima Press (2016), Raspa Magazine: Spring/Summer Issue (2013), Empanada: A Lesbiana Story en Probaditas with Korima Press (2012), El Mundo Zurdo with Aunt Lute press (2010) in Sinister Wisdom 74 (2008), Rooted: A Queer Women of Color Anthology (2008), iungo Arts Magazine (2007), the Lodestar Quarterly (2005), The Pitkin Literary Review (2004), La Voz de Esperanza (2004 & 2006), Mother Tongues: A Literary Exchange Anthology (2003), Revolution (2002), Scarcely Scholarly (1997), and the University of the Incarnate Word’s Literary Anthology, Quirk (1995). Currently she is working on her novel Cortinas de Lluvia, and two children’s books.
In addition to her work as a community artist, activist and writer, she worked for 15 years as an educator and administrator in San Antonio’s public schools, and also curated and facilitated many creative arts partnerships. Her awards include The Nalac Fund for the Arts, The Accion Women Inspiring Women 20 x 20 Award, the Mentorship and Leadership Initiative Award from the National Performance Network, a nomination for the Lambda Literary Awards, 1st Place in the Cooper-Hewitt Community Design Competition, awarded Valedictorian of the Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program, and the Constance Allen Heritage Guild for Lifetime Learning Award. She is an alumni of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Leadership Institute, a Member of Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Writer’s Workshop, the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua, the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber. While not working in the arts, Flores uses her creativity and skill to run her boutique Real Estate company A&N Realty and contributes to her community as the Co-Founder and Community Input Director & Treasurer of LezRideSA, a member of the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Pride Center and a graduade of Leadership San Antonio, Class of 39.
If the naked eye could see the passion and truth alive and brewing in a person’s soul, you would see the electric colors found in the subjects of Anel’s visual art. She works primarily in oil paints but has worked her hand in water color, pencil, ink and printmaking. She is always on the journey to find the next medium that will live longer than the previous, to tell the story and preserve the story in her work. Flores paints women in their most luscious, terrifying and loving moments of their lives. Currently, she is fusing native indigenous thought with gender, gender travel and gender spirituality. Her work always lives, grows and expands.
Gently handcrafted, with various inlays of lace, circa 1930, each of her fine silver and copper sculpted jewelry preserves history, tradition and craft, while resulting in a one of a kind piece of wearable art. Each of her pieces has the print of lace from her late grandmother’s five and dime store. She uses the lace, made by women’s hands, from her grandmother’s store, sold by women’s hands in her works to preserve the work women do with their hands and leave a legacy in her hand work. It is her commitment to the abundant life women contribute to the universe.
Anel’s silver and copper jewelry is made from the traditional metals found in Aztec ceremonial instruments. Her metals are not mined from the land; but instead, she uses recycled silver and copper from old car engine parts and digital mechanisms to create each piece. Furthermore, the gemstones found in her work are lab-grown and originate from a process that is environmentally sustainable and conflict-free to humans and animals.She studied in San Miguel de Allende where she founded an international artist partnership exchange while also mastering bronze, gold and silver sculpture and jewelry making.
Anel is a successful leader, artist and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience. Besides being a nationally recognized artist and published author, Anel has also been a leader in her community as an Art Education advocate, professor, lecturer and program director. She has a keen eye at recognizing the needs of her clients as well as her community and specializes in meeting those needs.
After an incredible journey with Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty she started her own firm, A&N Realty. She believes in family, leadership, technology, green practice and loyalty. Her decision to start A&N realty came with it being her father’s 30 year anniversary and my 10 year anniversary in the real estate business. With more than 40 years combined real estate experience, The A&N Realty team is tech-savvy, intelligent, articulate, detailed, and professional, with a keen view of the local market and an impressive connection to the global market. With an intuitive use of social media, Internet services and technology for instant on-line transactions, A&N Realty ensures quick delivery of new opportunities for their clients.
As part of her studies in undergraduate and graduate school, Anel traveled and studied throughout Mexico. Her artwork and writing has taken her on tour to such cities as San Jose, Chicago, Washington DC, Houston, Mexico City and her very own San Antonio. Anel’s extensive involvement in the community, her solid background in entrepreneurship, marketing and travel, and her eye for beauty all give her the edge it takes to find the perfect home for any buyer. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Texas Association of Realtors and San Antonio Board of Realtors.