On October 14, 2018, Connect and Heal’s free poetry open MIC honored the celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Our featured artist was Anna Flores. Anna Flores is a writer and actress born in the border town, Nogales, Arizona. She believes the fragmented, imagistic form of poetry is most like our inherent, human way of processing thought… and trauma. Flores was awarded a 2017 Swarthout Award for her poetry collection, “La Frontera” and is nominated for a 2018 Arizona Mayor’s Arts award for literary artist of the year. Her poems are featured in Write On Downtown Literary Journal, Arizona Republic Newspaper, Arizona’s Best Emerging Poets Anthology, and Shrew Literary Zine among others. Her debut Poetry collection Pocha Theory has been spotlighted by Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix Fray digital magazine, and La Phoenikera Magazine. When she isn’t writing or reading, she works as a communications assistant for immigrant-rights centered grassroots organizations in the valley and produces radical works with New Carpa Theater Collective which she co-founded.
Thank you Anna for sharing your beautiful poetry!