Edwin Torres (poet)
|Notable awards||Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award, 1995|
Torres's parents moved from Puerto Rico and settled in the borough of The Bronx in New York City. His father died when he was young and he was then raised by his mother and her brother Martin. Martin provided comfort and family support. His uncle's sense of humor was a motivational inspiration for young Torres. He received his primary and secondary education in New York.
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
In 1989 Torres began working as a graphic designer and a year later he discovered the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, which inspired his creative instincts. Torres created a movement which he called "Interactive Eclectrcism", which combines movement, audience participation, music and songs. The Nuyorican Poets Cafe not only opened its door for his creation but it also opened the doors to a new world of reading poetry. Torres also created the "Poets Neurotica", where dancers and musicians performed alongside two to four poets. He was a member of "Real Live Poetry" from 1993–99, performing and conducting workshops across the US and overseas.
He has also appeared on MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged and the Charlie Rose Show and been featured on Newsweek, in Rolling Stone Magazine and in New York Magazine. His poem, "I Saw Your Empire State Building" was included in the book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam in the chapter which dealt with the poetry slam community's response to 9/11, and his work has appeared in numerous anthologies such as Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Short Fuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry, and Heights of the Marvelous: A New York Anthology, among many others.
Torres' poems include:
- "15 Minutes";
- "Gigabyte Me - How Much Ram In Your Summer Of Love?";
- "Lessering In Lessage";
- "Lounging In The Age Of Aquarius";
- "Mirror-Fucation" and
- "Mister Hay's Trippy Moebius".
Torres is also the author of I Hear Things People. He currently lives in New York and continues to take his performing show on tour and to write poetry.
- Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe. (2008). Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam. New York City: Soft Skull Press. "Chapter 24: Words that Comfort; The Aftermath of 9/11 on the NYC Poetry Slam Community" ISBN 1-933368-82-9.
- Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Holt. ISBN 0-8050-3257-6.
- Short Fuse Rattapallax Press. ISBN 1-892494-53-1.
- Heights of the Marvelous St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-26335-5.