Paul S. Flores is a published poet, performance artist and playwright. His work explores the intersection of urban culture, Hip-Hop and transnational identity. He was raised in Chula Vista, CA and spent much of his youth between Tijuana and San Diego developing a border consciousness. Flores’ PEN Award winning novel ALONG THE BORDER LIES reflects this experience. Flores moved to San Francisco in 1995 to complete the MFA Creative Writing Program at San Francisco State University. In 1996 he co-founded the Latino poetry performance group Los Delicados: Poetas del Sol along with Darren J. De Leon and Norman Zelaya. In 1999 Los Delicados recorded a CD titled WORD DESCARGA with Jimmy Biala (Calaca Press, 2000).
Flores' solo theater performance YOU'RE GONNA CRY was directed by Brian Freeman and helped earn him the 2011 San Francisco Weekly Best Politically Active Hip-Hop Performance Artist. His play REPRESENTA! was directed by Danny Hoch, and co-starred Cuban rapper Julio Cardenas. REPRESENTA! was produced by the San Francisco International Arts Festival and La Pena Cultural Center, and premiered at the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in 2007. REPRESENTA! toured for two years to 17 cities, including HERE! Art Space in New York. Flores’ performance projects have taken him from HBO's Def Poetry to Cuba, Mexico and El Salvador. His newest play PLACAS (2012) was directed by Michael John Garcés, starring Ric Salinas of Culture Clash and is his sixth full length stage production. Flores also produces events and performs at Mission District venues such as Galeria de la Raza, Mission Cultural Center, Red Poppy and Dance Mission, throughout the Bay Area, California and the Unites States. Flores has three times received the NPN’s Creation Fund, an NEA Theater grant, and was awarded the Creative work Fund, the CCI Investing in Artists Grant, and a NALAC Fund for the Arts to help develop PLACAS.
Paul S. Flores is a highly respected youth arts development specialist. As a co-founder of YOUTH SPEAKS, INC. with James Kass and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, he introduced spoken word to hundreds of thousands of youth all over the country, from native reservations, to public schools to juvenile halls to counseling centers. He helped develop the national platform for young people to build peer relationships and strategize toward a better future through the Brave New Voices: National Teen Poetry Slam, now seen on HBO. He teaches Hip-Hop Theater and Spoken Word at the University of San Francisco. Flores also conceived and manages a new academic and career mentorship program for Latino students in Oakland public schools called The Latino Men & Boys program at The Unity Council. Paul Flores has two children and lives in San Francisco.
My grandmother's taste for old Cuban and Mexican music Beny More, Javier Solis, Celia Cruz, My grandfather's stories working at Hotel Reforma in Mexico City and meeting Tyrone Power and Rita Hayworth, and his immigrant stories in New Orleans, Ohio, Gary
My mother's love and hard work raising me by herself on a Pacific Bell union job, Chicago Cubs, Quincy Troupe, Jimmy Santiago Baca, My wife Tamaya's cooking and salsa dancing, my uncle Peter's love of George Micheal and Urban Cowboy, Damage Club
Long lines to cross the Tijuana Border back to San Diego after 2AM with my friends Will and Albert. Watching Bamuthi raise his son and create two outstanding performance pieces, multiple trips to Cuba and Mexico, drinking Flor de Caña and Havana Club
smoking puros with Norman and Darren, Youth Speaks teen poets whom I worked with for over 10 years
REPRESENTA! (Published in newest issue of ZYZZYVA)
Author is self represented.
Youth Speaks, La Peña Cultural Center, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, San Francisco International Arts Festival,...
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