¡Chicana! Power! A Firme Tejana-Califas Reading: AWP 2016 | Los Angeles, CA


Although I am doing the Tejana on the Loose Reading at UCLA Thursday, I will also be presenting at the AWP conference with a chingona group of Tejas-Califas writers on Friday ! I can’t wait! See you there!

F250. “¡Chicana! Power! A Firme Tejana-Califas Reading.” Room 410, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Guadalupe García Montaño, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Anel Flores, Emmy Pérez, Laurie Ann Guerrero). With a brown fist in the air, chanting “¡Sí Se Puede!” these mujeres bring la palabra. This is a reading by fierce Chicana poets stemming from Texas and Califas. They exist in this frontera breaking barriers and re-building bridges. They are proud to walk this poetic path. Their writings reflect their politics, beliefs, and lived experiences existing within el otro lado. They build bridges within all their communities: Chicana, LGBTQ, y más colores. ¡Que Viva Xicanisma! ¡Viva! (With many thanks to Verónica Reyes for organizing, preparing, and submitting this panel.)

Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2016, Los Angeles, CA

Friday, April 1st, 3:00pm to 4:15 pm


Photo Credit by Chelsea Juarez 2016 exbobcat2007@yahoo.com


Give your amorcitx a token of love to last beyond lifetimes. Sterling Silver and Ruby handcrafted pendant by Anel I. Flores


Entre Guadalupe Y Malinche

Come celebrate the long-awaited publication of this Tejana anthology. Featured readers: Inés Hernández-Avila, Norma Cantú, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Maria Herrera-Sobek, Emmy Perez, Anel Flores, and Juanita Luna-Lawhn. The event takes place in the CSRC Library, 144 Haines. Books available for sale during the event. Reception catered by Casa Blanca Restaurant. Free and open to the publc, campus parking $12. An AWP off-site event.
Tejanas on the Loose

15th Annual Uptown Art Stroll


Olmos Park Terrace 2015 Uptown Art Stroll
Art Stroll’s 15th year offers feast for the eye and heart!

Looking for a beautiful, romantic weekend? Join visitors and residents of the historic Olmos Park Terrace neighborhood who have been falling in love with the art next door for fifteen years.

More than 17 artists will open their studios – and their hearts – for the 2015 Olmos Park Terrace Uptown Art Stroll. There will be plenty to see and enjoy at what promises to be the greatest show yet in the Uptown Art Stroll’s storied history – from paintings, sculpture, collage and photography to jewelry, ceramics, weaving and much, much more.

Olmos Park Terrace is home to dozens of artists. For two days each year, the one-of-a-kind treasures they produce are on display where these artists work and live. It’s a great opportunity to see some beautiful art and visit with the friendly, creative people who make the historic district so special.

The 2015 Olmos Park Terrace Uptown Art Stroll will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. 17 resident artists and 63 guest artists will display their latest work. Looking for an unforgettable gift or that perfect piece for your wall or mantle? You’ll find it at the Uptown Art Stroll!

Olmos Park Terrace is centrally located near the Quarry Market, just south of Basse Road between McCullough and San Pedro, bounded on the south by Dora. Because the artists want to make it easy for art lovers to visit all xx locations, the Art Stroll will once again feature free pedi-cab rides between the different venues. The artists’ homes are easy to find – just look for the yellow and purple tie-dyed flags and signs out front. Maps will be available at every location, or check our website at www.uptownartstroll.org.

The Olmos Park Terrace Uptown Art Stroll is free for everyone. Come spend your weekend with us and bring your love of art. You never know what you’ll find. Just like the boy or girl next door, there will be plenty to grab your heart!

For more information, visit our website at www.uptownartstroll.org.

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My Queer Mami

When the mamis, abuelas y hermanas weren’t there, I looked around for a fierce mujer to look up to and found, La Erica Andrews. She became my shero. The first queer SHERO I would find and know. And, I’d love her. Still do.

Remembering Erica Salazar “Andrews” on this day.
(September 30, 1969 – March 11, 2013)

Photo Credit : Anel I. Flores Erica Andrews 1996 The Saint 1430 N. Main

Photo Credit : Anel I. Flores Erica Andrews 1996 The Saint 1430 N. Main

Mi Amor: On Our 1 Month Wedding Anniversary


I did not grow or grind the frijoles y tortillitas de maiz that built your strong bones, impenetrable panza and brown eyes lifetimes old:
only the water, the truth of letting pain wash away with the rain,
the coffee that tells secrets black and old,
the burning wood scent of your Mexican border once upon a time home.

From Piedras Negras where you first jumped in the river
to the refreshing waters of Yanaguana where you swam to me,
you are a sweet sour tough mesquite bean pod fallen from my abuela’s tree:
biting down, wooden limbs and feather soft green leaves dart out from my mouth and the wind blows in again.

Woman from Mexico, it’s not your fault you didn’t know
how two lifetimes ago I was a river and you were a hundred year old tree.
But the earth became too warm and I dwindled into a small stream, remembering your legs – and I drifted on

and on through another lifetime where I spotted you again passing by,
until I expired one last time, Mi Amor: I am a life for the third time
alive for the first, a raging ocean between my thighs and a moon reflection in my eyes.

By Anel I. Flores
For Erika A Casasola, my wife
inspired by Pablo Neruda’s Soneto V: Mañana

© Anel I. Flores 2015, All Rights Reserved

Isla Mujeres
Photo Credit © Jorge Sandoval 2015, All Rights Reserved