Viva Flores is a celebrated Chicana-Apache poet, performer and fiction writer from El Paso, Texas. Her writing promotes self-empowerment through cultural pride as well as describes her own experiences growing up in the borderland. Her fiction has most recently been featured in the anthologies Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul, Tlaa: A Collective Indigenous Expression and the upcoming Four Winds, a Native-American Literary Journal. Viva was the 2011 recipient of the YWCA’s Racial Justice Ambassador Award and performs regularly within her own community. She was most recently a featured speaker at UCLA and is looking forward to the release of her debut poetry collection, Coatlicue Girl.
“There is a bright light burning in the deepest southwest. Viva Flores is a fresh embodiment of our most ancient diosas. There’s a new hechizera in town, and she has blood in her pen.” – Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Hummingbird’s Daughter
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|