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Conference Schedule 2019

Conference Schedule 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


The Job of Culture and Storytelling for The Resistance with Anna Flores

Date(s): Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: 
Basha, Old Main (view map)
Type(s): 
Presentation
Genre and Form(s): Human Rights, Mixed Genre, Social Justice, Storytelling
Tags: Arizona, SB1070, Politics

About the Session

The current atmosphere of sensational opinion and clickbait headlines obsessed with a chaos-driven president has created a national eruption of misinformed dissent. In Arizona, artists and activists have seen a microcosm of present dangerous policies, electoral/resistance strategies. After the passing of SB1070, we gathered our truths to culturally and historically inform the present rhetoric of problem-solving. In this session, we will discuss how storytelling can and should function in the political sphere.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019 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.