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Vincent Toro

Author's Bio

Vincent Toro is a Puerto Rican poet, playwright, performer, and music producer from New York. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University, and is a Board Member of GlobalWRITES. Mr. Toro worked as writer/artist in the schools for Teachers & Writers Collaborative, the Dreamyard Drama Project, The Dodge Poetry Foundation, Gemini Ink, and Cooper Union for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences. Prior to that, he was living as a writer and teacher in Turkey. He is also an accomplished playwright, theater director, music producer, and performer, is a member of the Macondo Writer's Foundation, and was a resident associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2001.

Publications and Prizes

Anthologies:
Chorus (Simon & Schuster, 2013), The Waiting Room Reader 2 (CavanKerry Press, 2013), The Last Cacique, published with the play La Gringa, by Carmen Rivera (Samuel French, 2011), Coloring Book: An Anthology of Multicultural Poems and Stories (Rattlecat Press, 2004)
Journals:
Border Senses, Kweli Journal, Paterson Literary Review, Rattapallax, San Antonio Express-News, The Buenos Aires Review, Vallum, Word is Bond
Prizes:
2003: Global Rhythm Magazine Unsigned Artist of the Year, 2005: Finalist for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize, 2007: Finalist for the Artist Foundation Literary Arts Prize, 2008: The City of San Antonio's November Artist of the Month, 2009: Winner, Alamo Theater Arts Council award for Best Director and Finalist for the Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Award. 2011: Winner of the Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Award.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Census Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry by Kevin A. Gonzalez and Lauren Shapiro, eds., Blow Up and Other Stories by Julio Cortazar, Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago, Bouquet of Hungers by Kyle Dargan, Big Machine by Victor Lavalle
Favorite Books:
Cosmic Canticle by Ernesto Cardenal, Puerto Rican Obituary by Pedro Pietri, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky by Joy Harjo, Them by Joyce Carol Oates, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko, In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, Middle Passages by Kamau Brathwaite, The Gift by Hafiz, The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick, Singing from the Well by Reinaldo Arenas, Schrodinger's Cat by Robert Anton Wilson
Favorite Authors:
Grisel Acosta, Pedro Pietri, Octavia Butler, Philip K. Dick, Joy Harjo, Jose Saramago, Hafiz, Aime Cesaire, Kamau Brathwaite, Roberto Bolano, e.e. cummings, Adonis, Nicano Parra, Fernando Pessoa, Edgar Allan Poe, Julia De Burgos

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Listing last updated: November 21, 2013

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Puerto Rican
Prefers to work with:
Any
Born in:
Manhattan, NY
Raised in:
North Bergen, NJ

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