J.L. Torres is the author of a collection of short stories, The Family Terrorist and other Stories (Arte Publico, 2008) and the novel, The Accidental Native (2013). He has published various poems in journals such as the North American Review, Denver Quarterly, the Americas Review, Crab Orchard Review, Bilingual Review, Connecticut Review, Tulane Review, Puerto del Sol, among others, most of which are in Boricua Passport (2Leaf Press, forthcoming Spring 2014). Presently, he's working on a story collection about Puerto Ricans and estrangement, and researching a novel based on Puerto Rico's baseball icon, Roberto Clemente.
He is Professor of English at SUNY Plattsburgh, where he teaches both American literature, Latina/o Literatures, and Creative Writing. He is the Editor of the Saranac Review. Along with Carmen Haydee Rivera, he is the co-editor of Writing Off the Hyphen: New Perspectives on the Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora.
He lives in Plattsburgh, New York--known to friends and relatives as "carajo county"--with his wife and two sons, a spirited Couton de Toulear called Moe-jo, and a lot of snow. He has no known hobbies, has never been in prison, has never trafficked drugs or pimped. Although raised in the heart of the South Bronx he did not belong to any gang unless you consider longtime friends as such. He has never had quirky and funky jobs, and is notoriously inept with tools
Publications and Prizes
The Accidental Native (Arte Publico Press, 2013), The family terrorist and other stories (Arte Publico Press, 2008)
Fulbright Senior Lecturer, Barcelona, Spain
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Listing last updated: January 24, 2014