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Visiting Writers' Series LibGuide: Michael Torres

"I’m not a good liar. I’ve been looking for the perfect

metaphor for sadness. All along."

- Michael Torres, "Because My Brother Knows Why They Call Them “County Blues,” but Won’t Tell Me Why"

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More About Michael Torres

Michael Torres was born and raised in Pomona, California where he spent his adolescence as a graffiti artist. In 2016 he received his MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato, was a winner of the Loft Mentor Series, received an Individual Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and was awarded a Jerome Foundation Research and Travel Grant to visit the pueblo in Jalisco, Mexico where his father grew up. In 2019 he received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and The Loft Literary Center for the Mirrors & Windows Program. A former Artist-in-Residence at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France as well as a McKnight Writing Fellow, he is currently a 2021-22 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow.

His first collection of poems, An Incomplete List of Names, was selected by Raquel Salas Rivera for the National Poetry Series, named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020, and was featured on the podcast Code Switch.

His writing has been featured or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2020, The New Yorker, POETRY, Ploughshares, Smartish Pace, Los Angeles Review of Books, and more.

via Butler University Visiting Writers Series

Find out more on Michael's Website

National Poetry Series Winner. This award is given out to five people each year and recipients have one book of poetry sponsored by the National Poetry Series.

National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in 2019. These awards are $25,000 grants given in prose and poetry on a 2 year cycle. It enables authors to travel and research for their projects.

Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship from 2021-2023. This is a fellowship awarded over the span of three years to artists based out of Minnesota or New York City. The award is equal to $60,000 over three years to support living and writing expenses for the writers who receive it.


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