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Vincent Toro

Author's Bio

Vincent Toro is a Puerto Rican poet, playwright, and performer from New York. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University, and is a Board Member of GlobalWRITES a nonprofit Literacy Arts through Technology organization. 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 winner of the 2015 Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Poetry Prize, is a 2014 Poet's House Emerging Poets Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry recipient, a member of the Macondo Writer's Foundation, and was a resident associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2001. He currently teaches at CUNY's Bronx Community College and for the Dreamyard Project, a nonprofit that places artists in public schools and local communities to teach their craft. His first collection, "Stereo.Island.Mosaic." is forthcoming in January 2016 from Ahasahta Press.

Publications and Prizes

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)
Border Senses, Codex Journal, Five [Quarterly], Kweli Journal, Matter, Narrative Northeast, Paterson Literary Review, Rattapallax, Rattle, San Antonio Express-News, The Acentos Review, The Buenos Aires Review, The Cortland Review, Vallum, Word is Bond
2015: Winner, Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Pushcart Prize Nominee. 2014:New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Pushcart Prize Nominee. Finalist, Beatrice Hawley Award. Finalist, Andres Montoya Poetry Prize. Poet's House Emerging Poets Fellowship. 2011: Winner of the Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Award. 2009: Winner, Alamo Theater Arts Council award for Best Director, Finalist for the Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Award. 2008: The City of San Antonio's November Artist of the Month. 2007: Finalist for the Artist Foundation Literary Arts Prize. 2005: Finalist for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The New Black by Evie Shockley, The Age of Image by Stephen Apkon, Congotronic by Shane Book, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, My Documents by Alejandro Zambra
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, Raul Zurita.

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Listing last updated: September 23, 2015

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Born in:
Manhattan, NY
Raised in:
North Bergen, NJ

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