Vincent Toro

Bronx, NY 10455

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

Books: 
Stereo.Island.Mosaic.
(Ahsahta Press, 2016)
Anthologies: 
Best American Experimental Writing 2015
(Wesleyan University Press, 2016)
, Chorus
(Simon & Schuster, 2013)
, Coloring Book: An Anthology of Multicultural Poems and Stories
(Rattlecat Press, 2004)
, The Last Cacique, published with the play La Gringa, by Carmen Rivera
(Samuel French, 2011)
, The Waiting Room Reader 2
(CavanKerry Press, 2013)
Journals: 
Border Senses, Codex Journal, Cream City Review, Five [Quarterly], Kweli Journal, Matter, Narrative Northeast, Paterson Literary Review, Rattapallax, Rattle, San Antonio Express-News, The Acentos Review, The Buenos Aires Review, The Caribbean Writer, The Cortland Review, Vallum, Vinyl Poetry, Word is Bond
Prizes Won: 
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: 
Double Shadow by Carl Phillips
,
Collected Poems by Edouard Glissant
,
Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows by Eugenia Leigh
,
Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon
,
My Documents by Alejandro Zambra

More Information

Listed as: 
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Born in: 
Manhattan
Raised in: 
North Bergen, NJ
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Last updated: Feb 25, 2016