Vincent Toro

Bronx, NY 10455

Author's Bio

Vincent Toro is the author of “Stereo.Island.Mosaic.,” which won the Sawtooth Poetry Prize and The Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. He has an MFA in poetry from Rutgers University and is a contributing editor for Kweli Literary Journal. He is recipient of a Poet’s House Emerging Poets Fellowship, a NYFA Fellowship in Poetry, and the Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Award. A two time Pushcart Prize nominee and a finalist for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize, the Alice James Book Award, the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize, and the Cecile De Jongh Literary Prize, Vincent’s poems have been published in The Buenos Aires Review, Codex, Duende, The Acentos Review, The Caribbean Writer, Rattle, The Cortland Review, Vinyl, Saul Williams’ CHORUS, and Best American Experimental Writing 2015. Vincent was an artist in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida and at Can Serrat in Spain. He is a Macondo Foundation writer and a board member for GlobalWrites, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting literacy through technology. Vincent teaches at Bronx Community College, is Writing Liaison at Cooper Union’s Saturday Program, and is a poet in the schools for The Dreamyard Project and the Dodge Poetry Foundation.

Publications and Prizes

(Ahsahta Press, 2016)
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)
Border Senses, Codex Journal, Cream City Review, Five [Quarterly], Hawai'i Review, 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: 
2016: Winner, The Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. Winner, The Caribbean Writer's Cecile De Jongh Poetry Prize. 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: 
Look by Solmaz Sharif
You Ask Me To Talk About The Interior by Carolina Ebeid
Whereas by Layli Long Soldier
Field Theories by Samiya Bashir
French Perfume by Amir Tag Elsir
Favorite Books: 
Puerto Rican Obiturary- Pedro Pietri, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky- Joy Harjo, 2666- Roberto Bolano, Parable of the Sower- Octavia Butler, Cosmic Canticle- Ernesto Cardenal, Almanac of the Dead- Leslie Marmon Silko, A People's History of the United States- Howard Zinn
Favorite Authors: 
Aime Cesaire, Kamau Brathwaite, Pedro Pietri, Zadie Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Audre Lorde, Dr. Grisel Acosta, James Baldwin, Jorge Luis Borges, Octavia Butler.

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Manhattan, NY
Raised in: 
North Bergen, NJ
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Last updated: Apr 08, 2017