Photo by Henry Jimenez

Photo by Henry Jimenez

Michael Torres is a writer based in Minnesota.

Michael is a VONA distinguished alum and CantoMundo fellow. In 2016 he was a winner of the Loft Mentor Series, received an Individual Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to work on his first collection of poems, and was awarded a Jerome Foundation Research and Travel Grant to visit the pueblo in Jalisco, Mexico where his father grew up. In 2019 he was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Loft Literary Center for the Mirrors & Windows Program .

His writing has been featured or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, The Sun, Water~Stone Review, Southern Indiana Review, Poetry Northwest, Copper Nickel, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The McNeese Review, Green Mountains Review, Forklift, Ohio, Hot Metal Bridge, The Boiler Journal, Paper Darts, River Teeth, The Accents Review, Okey-Panky, Sycamore Review, Ninth Letter, Huizache, and online as The Missouri Review’s Poem of the Week. He has been a finalist for the Jake Adam York Prize in Poetry and semi-finalist for the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize.

Michael was born and brought up in Pomona, CA where he spent his adolescence as a graffiti artist. Currently, he teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato and through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.