Viva Flores

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 SoulTlaa: 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