Why book Shaggy Flores?


M.A. in History
Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
December 2008

Master’s Project:  Coordinate University resources to sponsor Ferris University’s “Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia” traveling exhibit Hateful Things.

Master’s Thesis:  Breaking Beats, Creating Cultural Revolutions: Defining Hip-Hop

B.A. in African Diaspora Studies
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA
May 2000

Senior Project: “The African Diaspora: A Historical, Cultural, and Literary Perspective.”

History and Education Consultant
June 1999 – Present

Through a series of successful collaborations with college and university administrators, establish programs and initiatives to address the needs of multicultural, African Diaspora, or Latino student populations. In 2007, the “Voices for the Voiceless”™ poetry festival, the result of a collaborative effort with Amherst College, was listed in US News and World Reports as one of Amherst College’s most popular campus events.

  • Establish programs and initiatives to address the needs of multicultural, African Diaspora, or Latino student populations.
  • Serve as a programming and diversity initiative consultant for colleges and universities.
  • Serve as an invited lecturer or guest speaker at colleges and universities.
  • Assist schools, universities, and library systems to develop curricula that use visual, performance, and literary art as a method to teach Multicultural and African Diaspora studies.


November 2007
Poetry and the Latino Experience
Pittsfield Community College

October 2007
“Nuestra Cultura! Nuestra Belleza!”: History and Culture of the Puerto Rican and Black Diasporas.
East Carolina State University

February 2007
“Surviving Africanisms in the New World”: Building bridges between the Black and Latino Communities
Florida State University

December 2006
“Voices for the Voiceless”: Multicultural Poetry Concert
Amherst College

April 2006
“The Myth of Latinidad”: The Persistence of Racism in the Latino Community
Syracuse University

October 2005
Nuyorican Negritude: History of Nuyorican Poetry and Literature
Cornell University

November 2004
“Porto-Rock Style”: Hip-Hop History and the Latino Presence
College of William and Mary

March 2004
African Experience in the Atlantic World
Convocation Address

Carleton College

February 2003
Santeria: Dispelling the myths about religions of the African Diaspora
Colgate University


December 2008         Amherst College

October 2008             Carnegie Mellon University

September 2008        East Carolina University

January 2005             Ohio State University

January 2004             Enoch Pratt Free Library

February 2003           Colgate University

February 2003           Nassau County Community College

January 2003             Texas A&M University

January 2003             Bowling Green University


Fall 2007
“History of the Nuyorican Experience,”
East Carolina University.

Fall 2007
“Race and U.S. Social Movements,”
Virginia State University.
HIST 543/History of Race Relations.

Spring 2007
“African American History 1970-1990,”
Virginia State University.
HIST 540/Black Experience to 1865.

Spring 2006
“The Young Lords and a History of Puerto Rican Activism,”
Virginia State University.
HIST 564/History of Atlantic World.


“SinCity.” Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates. Ed. Louis Reyes Rivera and Bruce George. Berkeley, CA: Soft Skull Press, 2008.

“Latchkey Kids.” Other Ricans. Ed. Aurora Levins Morales. New York: 2008.

“Making the Decolonized Visible: Puerto Rican Poetry of the Last Four Decades.” Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos 18.2 (Fall 2006): 15.

“New Puerto / Nuyor Rican Literatures.” Hostos Review. Issue 2. 2005. 167-176.

“New Nuyorican Poets, Voices and Sounds: An Interview with Jaime Shaggy Flores.” Post Colonial Text 1.1 (2004).

“El Poeta Canta.” Anniversary DiVerseCity: An Anthology Celebrating Ten Years of the Austin International Poetry Festival. Ed. Scott Wiggerman. Austin: Austin Poets International, 2002. 27.

“Corporate America Comes to El Barrio.” Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art. Ed. Tony Medina, Samiya A. Bashir, and Quraysh Ali Lansana. Chicago: Third World Press, 2002. 47-49.

Sancocho: A Book of Nuyorican Poetry. Springfield: Dark Souls Press, 2001.

“Oye lo Boricua.” Ricanstruction. Ed. Louis Reyes Rivera. New York: 2001.

“Last Visit to Chestnut Middle School.” Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam. Ed. Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera. New York: Random House, 2001. 37.

“When Tito Plays.” Urban Latino Magazine. March 2001: 45.

“The Counselor.” Puerto Rican Students in U.S. Schools. Ed. Sonia Nieto. London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000. 247.

“When Tito Plays.” Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos 12.1 (Fall 2000): 62-63


  • Fluent in oral and written Spanish
  • Fluent in oral and written English
  • Fluent in oral and written Spanglish


Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated

  • Member of the Fifth Largest African-American Fraternity
  • Eastern Region Marketing and Communications Director (2006 – 2009)
  • Life Member

Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia (F&AM)

  • Ed Jones Lodge #324
  • Royal Arch Haggai Chapter #18
  • Royal & Select Masters Richmond Council #4
  • King Baldwin Grand Commandery (Knights Templar) Mt. Olivet #2
  • Supreme Council Order of the Knights of Pythagoras Council #26

The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows In America & Jurisdiction

  • Henrico Lodge #1993

Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA!)

  • Local #11

Invisible Order of the Chancleta

  • Founder, Supreme Exalted Leader

Phi Alpha Theta, Incorporated

  • National History Honor Society
    • Inducted Member in Spring 2008

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