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Edwin Torres (poet)

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Edwin Torres (poet)

Born1958 (age 61-62)
OccupationPoet
NationalityPuerto Rican
Literary movement" Nuyorican "
Notable awardsFoundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award, 1995, Fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, the New York State Foundation for the Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Self-proclaimed Lingualisualist Rooted In Languages Of Sight And Sound, Edwin Torres Was Born In Bronx And Is Longtime Resident Of New York City. He is poet whose highly acclaimed performances and live shows combine vocal and physical improvisation and theater. He is author of collections Ameriscopia, one Night: Poems For Sleepy, Yes Thing No Thing, in Function Of External Circumstances, PoPedology Of Ambient Language, please, onomalingua: noise songs and Poetry, All-Union Day Of Shock Worker, and fracture Humorous; chapbooks Lung Poetry, with photographs by Luigi Cazzaniga; and self-publish chapbooks I Hear Things People Havent Really say and SandHommeNomadNo. His recordings include Oceano Rise, and Holy Kid. His Visual Poetics have been exhibited at Exit Art, EFA Gallery in NYC, and graphic retrospective Poesis: Visual Language Of Edwin Torres at Center For Book and Paper Arts in Chicago. His work has been widely anthologized in volumes such as Postmodern American Poetry, Poets in 21st Century: New Poetics Vol. 2, and Aloud: Voices From Nuyorican Poets among others. Torres has collaborated with artists in variety of media. As member of Real Live Poetry From 1993 to 1999, he gave workshops and performed in United States and abroad. He continues to teach his process-orient creativity workshop, Brainlingo: Writing Voice Of Body across nation. He created and conducted series of structured improvisations called Poets Neurotica, and has explained origins and tenets of his Movement ass ie. In describing Torress eclectic style, Brenda Coultas writes Of fracture Humorous in review: It is visit with fractist, who, in healing, becomes healer. Nomad is constant in Torress work, alter ego for this poet who is claimed by diverse group of avant-garde factions that include: Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Poetry Project, and L = ANGUAGE school. Thus he finds nomad, traveler among poets. And according to poet and critic Juliana Spahr, Edwin Torres our 21st Century Mayakovsky. Torres has received fellowships from Foundation For Contemporary Performance Art, New York State Foundation For Arts, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He has also been awarded Nuyorican Poets Cafe Fresh Prize For Poetry, and his CD Holy Kid was included in Whitney Museums exhibit American Century Pt. II. He is coeditor of journal app Rattapallax. From 2008 to 2011, he was periodical blogger for Poetry Foundations blog Harriet.

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