International poet

Students at the Erie-2-Chautaqua-Cattaraugus BOCES LoGuidice Educational Center had a rare opportunity recently to meet an international figure through an event sponsored by the SUNY Fredonia Chapter of Latino Unidos.

Jaime “Shaggy” Flores, a Nuyoricanpoet, writer, and activist, performed on the college campus, but took time extra time to branch out into the community and engage with younger students in one-hour sessions at the LoGuidice Center in Fredonia.

Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, Flores showcased his talents and addressed students on creativity, tolerance, understanding, and self confidence. He read from his new book, “Obatala’s Bugalu – A Nuyorican Book of Sights and Sounds” and also gave away signed copies.

“I’d like to thank SUNY Fredonia and their staff for inviting Shaggy to our area and giving our students the opportunity to hear about his experiences as a writer and activist,” said Joe Pagan, principal at the LoGuidice Center. “Everyone was very engaged and entertained by his poems and thoughts on growing up and society.”

Senior Chelsea Babcock was impressed with the presentation. “He was very inspirational and entertaining,” she commented. “He really connected with everyone in the audience.”

Another student, Cassandra Press agreed. “Shaggy was a very real person. I especially liked his poetry because I am a poet, too.”

For more on Flores, visit www.shaggyflores.com.