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SULA (Yaqui)- noun; heart

Anna Flores is a writer and actress born in the border town, Nogales, Arizona. She believes the fragmented, imagistic form of poetry is most like our inherent, human way of processing thought… and trauma.

Flores was awarded a 2017 Swarthout Award for her poetry collection, “La Frontera” and is nominated for a 2018 Arizona Mayor’s Arts award for literary artist of the year. Her poems are featured in Write On Downtown Literary Journal, Arizona Republic Newspaper, Arizona’s Best Emerging Poets Anthology, and Shrew Literary Zine among others. Her debut Poetry collection Pocha Theory has been spotlighted by Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix Fray digital magazine, and La Phoenikera Magazine. When she isn’t writing or reading, she works as a communications assistant for immigrant-rights centered grassroots organizations in the valley and produces radical works with New Carpa Theater Collective which she co-founded.

Her poetry moves between the political rhetoric of legislation and the public sphere of problem-solving intent on functioning within them to provide humanization to conversations surrounding, but not always including, marginalized people. Her poems are built to operate outside the emotional, intimate sphere and to break into the spaces that mistake indifference for logic.

Her work seeks to investigate sacrifice in human form: the children of immigrants—as catalysts for an expression of survival not solely of opportunity or the “American Dream.” Flores uses words that tether themselves around the early history of the Americas to uncover the antecedent heart and freedom of the indigenous genocide. With this language, her work aims to, not necessarily resolve, but to uncover the questions we are born with.

Her book, Pocha Theory is an assembling of fears, hopes, and memories that confront the brutal truths of mixed-status families in America. These poems break down and strip bare skewed perceptions of immigrants by unraveling the psyche at the intersection where cultures meld the profound experiences of their children. Anna Flores’ debut collection lucidly recalls the seen and unseen history of a volatile immigration landscape and peers beyond the barbed wire into the heart of a little girl who imagines a future where her family can be together.