The CIB Artistic Development and Research Assistant is a dynamic opportunity for graduate candidates whose work is engaged with notions of borders and CIB values and initiatives. This candidate will work closely with CIB guests before and during their visits, studying their work, as well as contributing to the shape of CIB events and initiatives. The Borderlands Poetry and Reading Series will be under their leadership as they work with their MFA cohort to create the series trajectory. In addition, under the umbrella of “Imagination in the Borderlands,” the candidate will work alongside the CIB director to design a new upper level undergraduate course informed by their own research and creative thesis questions—this is an exciting and innovative way for the CIB to broaden its perspectives and to share necessary experiences with our undergraduate student body.

Anna Flores

Anna Flores is a writer born in Nogales, Arizona currently studying poetry as an ASU MFA candidate. She is the current Artistic Development & Research Assistant for the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands. Flores collaborates with transborder students from Nogales High School and has published a book of poems titled Pocha Theory. Her recent awards and honors include a 2021 Swarthout Award in Writing, a 2021 Center for Imagination in the Borderlands Creative Research Fellowship, and a 2020 Mabelle A. Lyon Poetry Award.