Anel I. Flores is driven by a sense of urgency to record and create LGBTQIA+ visual and literary work as a meditation, aiming at discovering and recovering the history, dynamics, and complexities of relationships with others, self, memory, the past, future and the present. Her areas of study and production of literary fiction and visual art center around Xicana/e/x and Latina/e/x literature, lesbianidad, sexuality, gender, race/border/diaspora, spirituality, body, blood memory and their connections to identity. Flores is an MFA in Creative Writing, and her awards include Catalyst for Change, Best Local Poet, Women’s Advocate of the Year, the Nebrija Creadores Award, Best Of San Antonio Local Author, Chingona in Literature Award, Ancinas Award at Squaw Valley, NALAC Fund for the Arts Award, Accion Women Inspiring Women, Yellow Rose of Texas Educator Award, and the Mentorship Leadership Award. She is co-editor of forthcoming Jota Anthology and author of Lambda literary award nominated book Empanada: A Lesbiana Story en Probaditas. Among various anthologies and magazines, Flores’ work can be found in Camino Real, the Fifth Wednesday Journal, RiverSedge Literary Journal, Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art, Rooted: A Queer Women of Color Anthology, Sinister Wisdom, Raspa Magazine, iungo Arts Magazine, the Lodestar Quarterly, The Pitkin Literary Review and La Voz de Esperanza. Her play, Empanada toured for 10 years and it continues to be produced today.