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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 a 2014 Poet's House Emerging Poets Fellow, 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.

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 Acentos Review, The Buenos Aires Review, Vallum, Word is Bond
Prizes:
2014: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:
Another Life by Derek Walcott, Angels of the Americlypse by Carmen Gimenez Smith and John Sanchez, eds., What If Latin America Ruled the World? by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Griftopia by Matt Taibbi, The Literary Conference by Cesar Aira
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: October 8, 2014

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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