Anel I. Flores is driven by a sense of urgency to record LGBTQIA+ visual and literary art as meditation; aiming at recovering history, dynamics, and complexities of relationships with others, self, memory, past, future and present. Her areas of production center Latina/x literature, sexuality, gender, race/border/diaspora, spirituality, body and blood memory. With a MFA in Creative Writing, she is founder of creative residency, La Otra Taller. Her awards include Catalyst for Change, Best Local Poet, Women’s Advocate of the Year, the Nebrija Creadores Award, Best Of San Antonio Author, Chingona in Lit Award, Ancinas at Squaw Valley, NALAC Fund for the Arts, Accion Women Inspiring Women, Yellow Rose of Texas 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, Entre Guadalupe y Malinche, Rooted: Queer Women of Color Anthology, Sinister Wisdom, Raspa Magazine, iungo Arts Magazine, the Lodestar Quarterly, The Pitkin Literary Review and La Voz. Her play, Empanada was recently produced by SA Public Theater.