Michael Torres discusses An Incomplete List of Names with Diana Marie Delgado
Curated Conversation(s): A Latinx Poetry Show is a virtual initiative that features in-depth conversations between a Latinx poet and an interlocutor of their choosing. These pre-recorded discussions are posted on the web every month and involve a deep dive into a first book. A parallel activity involves monthly book club discussions on Zoom moderated by guest poets. This Letras Latinas program is a partnership with The Writer’s Center and Duende District Bookstore, made possible with funding from the Poetry Foundation and private benefaction.
Michael Torres was born and brought up in Pomona, California where he spent his adolescence as a graffiti artist. His debut collection of poems, An Incomplete List of Names (Beacon Press, 2020), was selected by Raquel Salas Rivera for the National Poetry Series. His honors include awards and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, CantoMundo, VONA Voices, and the Jerome Foundation. He’s teaches in the MFA program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Visit him at michaeltorreswriter.com.
Diana Marie Delgado is the Literary Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center and the author of Tracing the Horse (BOA, 2019), a New York Times Noteworthy Pick. Her chapbook, Late-Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust, was the 2018 Center for Book Arts winner. She has published poetry in Ploughshares, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, New York Times Magazine, Colorado Review, and Tin House. Delgado received her MFA in Poetry from Columbia University, and her selected honors and awards include the National Endowment for the Arts, Hedgebrook, and Breadloaf.