Paul S. Flores is one of the most influential Latino performance artists in the country.
A published poet, playwright and well known spoken word artist, his work explores the intersection of urban culture, Hip-Hop, Spanglish and transnational identity.
Raised in Chula Vista, California, Flores spent much of his youth between Tijuana and San Diego developing a consciousness of border identity. In 1995 he moved to San Francisco's Mission District and began writing and performing with Los Delicados, then recorded the Latin jazz influenced spoken word CD "Word Descarga" with Jimmy Biala on Calaca Press.
Flores' performance projects have taken him from HBO's Def Poetry to Havana, Cuba, Mexico City, and El Salvador. He is author of the novel Along the Border Lies, and his play REPRESENTA! was directed by Danny Hoch and presented by La Pena Cultural Center and the Hip-Hop Theater Festival 2007. He was recently named San Francisco Weekly 2011 Best Politically Active Hip-Hop Performance Artist. Flores was awarded the Center for Cultural Innovation grant for the world premier of his solo show "You're Gonna Cry" currently on tour, and a NALAC Fund for the Arts grant for his newest play" Placas", directed my Michael John Garcés, and co-commissioned by the San Francisco International Arts Festival and CARECEN. As a co-founder of Youth Speaks, 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 teaches Hip-Hop Theater and Spoken Word at the University of San Francisco, and is the Latino Men and Boys Program Manager at the Unity Council in Oakland.
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