SAN DIEGO FREE PRESS -- In 1996 Paul S. Flores cofounded the spoken-word group Los Delicados with fellow poets Darren De Leon and Norman Zelaya.
“Delicados happened because 1) we were the only Latinos in the M.F.A. program at San Francisco State University and we had to stick together to survive,” Flores says. “And 2) because Norman was hosting a very popular reading called Poems y Poemas where all the Latino poets in SF gathered monthly and the idea was hatched to start a collective that performed group or linked poems. We were more interested in the Chinese linked poetry on the walls of Angel Island, where one poet started a piece and another continued a poem.”
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