Viva Flores

Viva Flores is a Chicana poet and performance artist from El Paso, Texas. She began her ambitious writing career at the age of eight when her Valentine’s Day poem was placed at the center of the construction paper heart on the classroom door by her third grade teacher, Mrs. Fairbanks. Her fiction has most recently been featured in the anthologies Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul, Tlaa: A Collective Indigenous Expression and poetry in the fall issue of The Official La Tolteca ‘Zine. Viva has also written essays for the QPOC blog Black Girl Dangerous and was recently featured in PRIDE Magazine NYC’s spring 2014 Queer Protest Art issue.

She also spent several years performing as the dubious Chicana caricature, “La RaNa”.

“La RaNa’s performance poetry celebrates what its to be Latina, and what its to be human. Her words weave a tapestry of her history, her struggle, her hopes and self-determination into one Urban Vernacular. She’s a healer of lost souls.”- Bruce George, Co-Founder of Def Poetry Jam